# BuddhabrotFebruary 4, 2004 6:07 PM   Subscribe

The Buddhabrot Set is a re-visualization of the Mandelbrot Set, created with a rendering technique invented by Melinda Green, who further extended it to create the Buddhagram. [Via MonkeyFilter.]
posted by homunculus (15 comments total)

That's cool, homunculus. I know some monks who would be very very excited if they could see this.

posted by carter at 6:34 PM on February 4, 2004

yay. thats sweet. thanks homunculus.
posted by specialk420 at 6:54 PM on February 4, 2004

Cool, but I must be missing something. If you only consider points that escape, why is the inside of the set not black? I thought that any point inside the set never escaped, and thus, that any trajectory that passed through the inside of the set, would never escape. It's been a long time since I studied mandlebrot though, so I've probably forgotten something.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 6:58 PM on February 4, 2004

I'm not going to pretend that I understand a single thing that was said on those pages, nor what will be said here, (if anybody wants to explain in layman's terms, I'd be eternally grateful) but those are beautiful pictures, or sets, or whatever they are. Simply beautiful.
posted by ashbury at 7:33 PM on February 4, 2004

Amazing how much the Buddhagram evokes, in me at least, the same kind of reaction as I had when seeing this for the first time.

God's a fractal. Dude.
posted by WolfDaddy at 7:35 PM on February 4, 2004

"It's full of Stars."
posted by stbalbach at 7:46 PM on February 4, 2004

Turtles, all the way down.
posted by Fupped Duck at 8:22 PM on February 4, 2004

inpHilltr8r : The iterations represented by points outside may pass thru the middle. If I remember it right the (x,y) in a mandlebrot represents the C in the In+1 = In2 + C, with I1=0. I'm trying to think of a simple example, but its complex. (does that win the nerdiest joke of the day award?)I'm trying to think.. maybe a -ve real C would work. Hmmm...
posted by Flat Feet Pete at 8:25 PM on February 4, 2004

I see it -- it's Buddha with a couple of tits on his shoulders.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 8:40 PM on February 4, 2004

Ganesha?
posted by homunculus at 9:02 PM on February 4, 2004

Really cool. I wish I were able to run that sequence without my web browser and be able to save the images. On my machine (OSX, Safari) I'm not able to save the java window. If anyone has a particularly fat output image, please post a link here of mail me.
posted by squirrel at 11:02 PM on February 4, 2004

Well, I've got Processing downloaded (an alpha) and I saved the source off, so, when I have time for deep hack mode...
posted by Samizdata at 12:03 AM on February 5, 2004

Amazing how much the Buddhagram evokes, in me at least, the same kind of reaction as I had when seeing this for the first time.

A bit more subtle, but i credit this image of M104 for getting me deeply interested in astronomy and astrophysics.
posted by vacapinta at 12:45 AM on February 5, 2004

Some of those look kinda like Cartman.
posted by techgnollogic at 5:02 AM on February 5, 2004

M104? That's so cold. I thought that was the Sombrero Galaxy.
posted by quercus at 11:26 AM on February 5, 2004

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