What you’re looking at right now is called a Mandelbrot Set. It is a considerably simple mathematic formula entered in a computer program, allowing it to continuously replicate to create beautiful, unexpected, bizarre and magnificent colours, shapes and patterns. Made up of complex, vibrant fractals, the Mandelbrot Set excites me in the way it forces us to visualize things on an eternal and unimaginable scale, and I love to relate it back to the endless opportunities and possibilities life brings to us as an organism in the universe.
Science writer and communicator Jack Challoner explains that when you:
“Look closely at a fractal, you will find that the complexity is still present at a smaller scale. A small cloud is strikingly similar to the whole thing. A pine tree is composed of branches that are composed of branches – which in turn are composed of branches. This “self-similarity” at different scales is a defining characteristic of fractals.
The Mandelbrot Set is a swirling, feathery, seemingly organic landscape that is reminiscent of the natural world, but is nonetheless completely virtual. It is infinitely complex, but it is built from an extremely simple equation repeated endlessly.
Watch it on YouTube and allow yourself to get lost in pure wonder and beauty.