Saturday, October 16, 2010

RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, is dead at 85.

When I was in high school I was fascinated by the Mandelbrot set. I wrote a program which rendered it (quite slowly) on my 286. It let you draw a line anywhere across the set and play it as musical tones. (Well, as musical as a PC's speaker could be.)

1 comment:

  1. Neat idea to allow viewing it visually as well as aurally. Reminds me of the Lorenz-curve music generator I wrote as part of my honours project. The k var, basically the level of chaos, was driven by video sensing level of activity in the environment, leading to an interesting feedback loop with the human.