Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," Twenty Years Later.
Novelist Brad Leithauser muses on "the finest play written in my lifetime": One sign of "Arcadia"'s greatness is how assuredly it blends its disparate chemicals, creating a compound of most peculiar properties. The play’s ingredients include sexual jealousy and poetasters and the gothic school of landscape gardening and duelling and chaos theory and botany and the perennial war between Classical and Romantic aesthetics and the maturing of mathematical prodigies. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead
on Aug 9, 2013 -
Fractals may have become a cliche in modern computer graphics, but they have a long and rich history in art.
Before anybody even knew Mandelbrot, artists were seeing fractals in nature and transferred the patterns in painting, design and sculpture. Fractals, as you may know, are geometric patterns that are repeated on smaller and smaller scales to produce intricate designs, through self-similarity, described by the Mandelbrot Equation.
posted by Leisure_Muffin
on May 10, 2011 -
is an interactive WebGL fractal generating app that allows you to virtually explore 3D fractals in a web browser (Chrome or the latest Firefox 4 beta). [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Mar 7, 2011 -
Hunting the Hidden Dimension.
You may be familiar with fractals, but in this PBS Nova episode, divided online into 5 parts, fractals go beyond the impossible zoom of the Mandelbrot set
. Scientists are using fractals to describe complex natural occurrences, like lava
, and rain forests
. In part 5, scientists measure one tree in the rain forests, and the distribution of small and large branches mirror the distribution of small and large trees. Fractals, it seems, are nature
posted by plexi
on Nov 2, 2008 -
Fractal animation videos.
Tune in. Turn on. Drop in on a dripping skirling-swirling pulsating orgy of self-transforming recursive math. Some with fractal music. (Non-embedded mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 files, like God intended.)
posted by loquacious
on Aug 7, 2005 -
HOP draws beautiful abstract images and real-time animations, based on "strange attractor" formulas, enhanced by mathematical and graphical special effects.
It's a unique interactive fractal generator, but doubles as a cute screensaver if you're feeling lazy (runs in DOS/windows)
posted by walrus
on Feb 7, 2002 -