The First Three-Dimensional Image of a Mandelbrot Fractal Is Stunning

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Behold the "Mandelbulb." This is a three-dimensional image created using the Mandelbrot set, a mathematical structure whose edges form fractals. The result is something that looks like an alien tree. Which isn't surprising, since fractals emulate patterns in nature.

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According to Nature, this is the "first true three-dimensional representations of the Mandelbrot set." It was created by computer programmer Daniel White from Bedford, UK. See more of his work, and get a full explanation of the Mandelbulb, on his site.

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This post needs a link to the website of the guy who created the image, since the site includes lots more beautiful images and also his explanation of the math behind them (it's a simplification to say this is a 'representation of the Mandelbrot set', the equation he uses is similar but differs in some ways): [www.skytopia.com]