January 24, 2014
This is a subject to which many scientists have paid attention to, since it is connected to many mysteries of life, the key to the solution of which they may hold!
Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.
Arthur C. Clarke’s soft-spoken style sets the “common man” at ease, and his pinpoint commentary makes the concept of fractals easy to understand. One need not be a stellar mathematician to grasp the concepts and why they are profound. The experts are trotted out, and they, too, explain fractal geometry in ways that are accessible to everyman.
Fractals are part of our lives, and maths informs everything that exists, whether natural or man-made.
When I saw this on TV several years ago, it reminded me of the Douglas Adams (of “Hitchhiker’s Guide” fame) book “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” In the novel, a software engineer tries to create a program that sets the flapping of a bird’s wings to music using mathematical equations. That is exactly what fractals seem to do; they describe events in nature in mathematical ways, and the section of “Colors” which discusses this is eye-opening.
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And this is a very long (10 hours ), with what we think they sound like, perhaps good for meditating with!
Published on Feb 27, 2013
By popular request from ZeroPeopleFoundThisHelpful’s February, 2013′s Gif Sound Mashup (http://bit.ly/Y6OdLI ), many people asked us for a 10 hour version of the falling tone/fractal at 1:02 . After three 48-hour renders (1 power outage, 1 adobe flash crash), and 26 hours uploading to YouTube, it is finally ready!
Video: Used with permission from the animated fractal’s creator, Vladimir Bulatov. Check out his YouTube page here: http://bit.ly/13jdZ7e , and his DeviantArt page here: http://bit.ly/Yx2S78 .
The video is a fractal version of M.C. Escher’s “Circle Limit III” (http://bit.ly/bbJ9P ) created by Bulatov.
Audio: Shepard’s Tone (Shepard’s Scale) consisting of rising tones set octaves apart, similar to how to barber’s pole always seems to be rising: http://bit.ly/tlSj
Interestingly, the Batman’s BatPod in “The Dark Knight” uses a Shepard Tone effect to make the motorcycle to seem to have an infinitely rising tone: http://bit.ly/Wfa8WS
In classical music, the Shepard’s Scale is used in pieces like Bach’s “Canon Per Tonos” (endlessly rising canon), to have the piece seem to end an octave higher than it began while ending on the same note: http://bit.ly/YTWtzC
Many have said that they experience a falling sensation or a feeling of imbalance when they watch this combination for a long time. It was reported by Reddit user “Berkel” that by playing The Shepard tone near a sleeping friend, the friend had a visceral falling dream and woke up very scared. http://bit.ly/XVwfi8 . We would not recommend trying this! We take no responsibility for visceral dreams, dizziness, fatigue, sweaty palms, seizures, lack of friends, or any other side effects from watching this video.
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