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 -
"The original Mandelbrot
is an amazing object that has captured the public's imagination for 30 years. It's found by following a relatively simple math formula. But in the end, it's still only 2D and flat - there's no depth, shadows, perspective, or light sourcing. What we have featured in this article is a potential 3D version of the same fractal."
posted by dhruva
on Nov 12, 2009 -
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Taleb is out. Reviews in the Wall Street Journal
, LA Times
, and Financial Times
. Just in time with those of us with a love of Hume's problem of induction, non-Gaussian distributions and financial intellectualism. Read an early draft of chapter 16, The Bell Curve, That Great
. Read Taleb's "philisophical and literary notebook."
Then, in a feat of metanarrative rarely seen outside of Metatalk, read his comments on comments on the book
. Previously on Metafilter: Languagehat has already made his thoughts on Taleb known
, it wasn't pretty, and someone with "vested interests in Taleb" responded
. Taleb, refreshingly, does not shy away from debates
about his work.
posted by geoff.
on Apr 30, 2007 -