Thursday, February 11, 2010

A trip through the Mandelbrot set

Although it doesn't have much to do with wind on the surface, this video is a bit of a tribute to the randomness/order of mathematics. Here's a brief description:

"The final magnification is e.214. Want some perspective? A magnification of e.12 would increase the size of a particle to the same as the earths orbit! e.21 would make a particle look the same size as the milky way and e.42 would be equal to the universe. This zoom smashes all of them all away. If you were "actually" travelling into the fractal your speed would be faster than the speed of light."

The video is 10 minutes long, if your eyes can take it. The more interesting bit of the journey happens at the end! Although it may seem like we live in a world of chaos, sometimes a bit of order underlies much of what we see.

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