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The Mandelbulb

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
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    Oh wow...that's very, very cool!
  4. Dec 11, 2009 #3
    there are some good questions on the 2nd page also:

    Further exploration of the creature
    There are so many questions we can ask about the structure and nature of the object (we'll stick mostly to the power 8 version for now):
    •What's the formula of this thing? (see the page)
    •What does it look like on the inside? (see the page)
    •Any interesting analogues to the 2D Mandelbrot set? (yes)
    •Is this thing really new? (as far as the author knows it is)
    •What variations of the formula are possible?
    •What happens at infinity iterations? (unknown)
    •Is the object completely connected, and maybe path, locally, or simply connected? (also unknown)
    •Why do lower powers exhibit less fractal-like detail than higher powers? (unknown)
    •Does fractal detail really go on forever when you zoom in? (probably)
    •Any Julia equivalent for it? (yes)
    •What is its volume and Hausdorff dimension? (unknown)
    •Are there near exact copies of the object deep inside the structure? (as of right now, no)
    •Any way to colour the object, to replace its mono-ish appearance?
    •Any decent 3D software to render the beast?
    •If the 2D Mandelbrot is the thumbprint of God, what does that make the 3D Mandelbulb?
  5. Dec 11, 2009 #4
    They first called it a "Broccoli Virus".

    A fellow going by the name of Twinbee (Daniel White) was posting here on PF in August, asking about various https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=331883&highlight=Twinbee". Look about halfway down the page for the first appearance of this object. Together, these guys are amazing, and have been in dogged persuit of a 3D Mandelbrot-like object since September 2007!
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  6. Dec 11, 2009 #5
    Here's a close-up photograph of the inspirational http://scienceblogs.com/chaoticutopia/upload/2006/11/broccoli.jpg" [Broken].

    Daniel White's web site is hosted http://www.skytopia.com/project/fractal/mandelbulb.html" [Broken].

    David Makin hosts his own site, so frequent visits could cause him some dispair unless you want to purchase his art.
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  7. Dec 12, 2009 #6
    Makes a good argument for extraterrestrial life.
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