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3D Fractals
January 1, 2014 7:36 AM   Subscribe

Mathematical Imagery, by Jos Leys. Intricate 3D fractals, featuring the Mandelbulb, the Mandelbox, and the Mandelbar.
posted by Chocolate Pickle (12 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Great video.
posted by sammyo at 7:56 AM on January 1 [2 favorites]

These are great and really interesting. I did biology as an undergrad and fractals are vital to understanding how you can encode, say, a tree in a few thousand genes. Thanks.
posted by alasdair at 9:31 AM on January 1

Oh man. I watched 3/4 of that video, clicked to a different tab and everything was spinning counter clockwise. I thought my eyes were going to unscrew from my brain.
posted by BucketOBees at 9:32 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]

I regret I can only favourite this in two dimensions.
posted by tilde at 10:24 AM on January 1

POV Ray is a fun way to make your own:



posted by poe at 10:56 AM on January 1

Mandelbox > Candlebox. Does anybody have any other examples of fractals superior to 1990s pseudogrunge bands?
posted by jonp72 at 1:50 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

This page goes more in-depth about generating these with Mathematica. That whole website is golden, in fact.

I regret I can only favourite this in two dimensions.

This should blow your mind, then.
posted by Valued Customer at 2:21 PM on January 1 [4 favorites]

Also here are some of the prettiest renderings of these things I've yet seen.
posted by Valued Customer at 2:25 PM on January 1 [3 favorites]

This one is fabulous -- Mandelbrot images tend to center around a few patterns that have become a bit clich├ęd, but this is unexpectedly organic.
posted by bjrubble at 2:48 PM on January 1

That blew my mind, Valued Customer!

On topic: I like creating Mandelbulb 3D fractal animations, here's my latest.
posted by rmmcclay at 5:30 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Lovely. Some of the renderings reminded me of architectural ornament, especially Mandelbulb #12 here. It's oddly similar to some of the stone carvings adorning the Jain temple in Ranakpur, India.

I wonder how much control the artist/programmer has over the final image? Could the artist have seen those stone carvings and deliberately tried to make fractals that look like them, or are different artistic traditions converging on patterns that are deeply pleasing to the human eye?
posted by Quietgal at 5:34 PM on January 1

What about Mandelbaum?
posted by Mister_A at 6:34 PM on January 1

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