- Colors of Infinity Alternative
Retraces the steps that led to the discovery of the Mandelbrot set in 1980. Dr Arthur C Clarke explains the mathematics and the basic computer operations that generate the Mandelbrot set and the associated imagery. He also demonstrates how the discovery of the set, which gave birth to the science of fractal geometry, is significant to all the sciences. The study of fractals is leading to a better understanding of chaotic systems such as weather and galaxy clusters. The fractal method of digital image compression developed by Michael Barnsley is also discussed. Includes animated images of the Mandelbrot set. Contributors include Dr Benoit Mandelbrot, Prof Stephen Hawking and Prof Ian Stewart.