Extreme Mandelbrot Zoom

Back in the Dark Ages – over twenty years ago, a popular[1] thing to do with the home computers of the time[2] was to run programs that would render the Mandelbrot Set. Typically, you’d start the program running, go to work (or go to bed, or go somewhere as you wouldn’t be using your computer for a while) and when you got back you’d have a pretty image on your screen of the classic Mandelbrot shape. All harmless fun.

These days, computing power has grown to the point that if you want to take some time and make something impressive, you have to be more ambitious. So how about a nice video showing a deep zoom into the Mandelbrot set? This has been done, and the results are impressive.

Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.

It’s worth clicking the linky thingy to see the HD version, and also read the details on how this was created.

Even though it’s a long time since I did any Mandelbrot wrangling myself, I still find it fascinating that so much comes from such a simple formula…

[1] For geeks
[2] The Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga were the things to have, with much rivalry between users of the two systems. I had the ST

2 thoughts on “Extreme Mandelbrot Zoom

  1. Sam Judson

    Fractint (an old DOS fractal program) had a ‘colour cycle’ mode – used to put this on at parties just for a bit of added groovyness (in my defence, you’re right, this was 20 years ago!)

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