Arthur Clarke – Fractals – The Colors Of Infinity 1 of 6

Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics. ——————————————————- Springer Science + Business Media, LLC www.springer.com

37 thoughts on “Arthur Clarke – Fractals – The Colors Of Infinity 1 of 6

  1. Intresting thought, my friend. Perhaps the universe itself is actually a form of life. Some scientists hold to this theory. Yet God is much more than that. Augustine of Hippo analagized that God is like an infinite ocean and the universe is like a sponge floating in that ocean.

  2. i agree. isnt it strange that the glactic web (cluster of cluster of galaxy clusters) looks just like a human brain? :) we are the literal thoughts of God

  3. 300K views in almost 5 years!
    Meanwhile Justin Bieber puts up a video and it’s guaranteed to pass that in the first day, and go on to over 100 million views.
    We’re fucked.
    Watch my fractal mash up with scale of the Universe!
    /watch?v=yGwfwPP7Vjs

  4. lol I think you’re the one who chooses whether you feel happy or sad, regardless of what your cells are doing…especially since “happy” and “sad” are subjective experiences and one man’s sadness could be another man’s happiness

  5. Just a thought – do the images from 5:45 – 6:15 remind anyone of anything? Anyone ever researched “near-death experiences”, and noticed how almost all the experiencers report travelling through a tunnel right after they ‘die’, and coming out on the other side to be greeted by sentient being(s)? Could these people actually be travelling through a part of the M-Set?

  6. Do you think cells within our brains have personalities too? I would sure like to think that their personality chooses to make us happy or sad based on how we make them feel with substances, controlling seratonin/melatonin at their will…

  7. Yup, I took LSD and had a very similar experience. When i closed my eyes I saw fractals, when i opened them it felt like my entire existence was a fractal! Everything was looping endlessly, i’d try and figure out exactly what was happening, but every single time i would come to the same conclusion which was also the question.
    It was the truest form of madness.

  8. I did 2c-b/e and I saw this odd pattern, and as I got closer and closer more detail emerged like a fractal, I wanted to go deeper and deeper but ended up hitting my head on the wall :(

  9. Has anyone deciphered the background voice that plays very subtly when the presenters speak?

    It starts at 4:05 when Arthur C. Clarke begins speaking. Listen carefully.

  10. To clarify my previous comment, I hallucinated the set independently of seeing it on a screen. It was zooming btw and I’d never seen a fractal zoom previously. I’d only seen pics of the iconic whole set.. complex fractals are programmed into our brains, people!

  11. I have taken LSD and hallucinated the mandelbrot set. I’m fairly certain we exist in a fractal universe. That conclusion has made my life so fascinating, I’m so grateful to live in the era of chemicals and computers :)

  12. i suspect what happens is that they go into a purer state of yogi like consciousness, and cause our society is so shit it has nothing for them to do with that state of consciousness, so the fake-society here just sees them as unable to work and unproductive. puts them on pills (actual drug addiction) or locks them up.

  13. also rewatching this i’m wondering has anyone made fractal music, ie program sequencers etc with a formula that repeats & has some varying sections that are self-similar, and can go on forever but (unless ‘scrolled’ to exact same ‘place’) will not be exactly the same music repeating. of course pink floyd music in this shows the kind of core-notes that’d work as an infinite tune. say background of singing bowls, brian eno ‘scapes, digeridoos, that kinda thing.

  14. i’m suprised rewatching this at hawking, come on, you don’t answer a question based on what formulas already exist as if discoveries thus far are what define reality limits. those are just the known knowns.

  15. i find it weird how everyone that takes acid and doesn’t come down ever – are never the thousands of people that have used it and go on to write books on it or gain valuable scientific insights or otherwise come to more advanced understandings that help them cope with actual reality better. who are these people who make lsd last way past its 12-hour-tops trip time? did they intercalcate it into their dna like in ‘the invisible landscape’?

  16. that could be because it has this thing called a music visualiser app in it, which uses algorithms inc very likely ones with fractal formula in them, to synch whatever music you play thru it to the chosen visualisation program.

    now back to your computer to hit it with a femur some more.
    go tap some out back to me with a bone.

  17. i said that comment a long long time ago…a time in which now i would call myself dumb…KEN WILBER TAUGHT ME HOW TO USE THE FRACTAL NATURE OF OUR MINDS FOR FREE ON YOUTUBE ALL I DID WAS THINK ALOT DURING MY DAYS AND I FIGURE IT OUT AND HAVE A STRONG UNDERSTANDING NOW WHICH ALLOWS ME TO ENJOY ALL WALKS OF LIFE ALL THE MUSIC I USED TO HATE I LOVE NOW AND I UNDERSTAND WHY…TERENCE MCKENNA WILL ENHANCE YOUR ABILITY TO USE KEN WILBERS INTEGRAL THEORY…INTEGRATESS ALL PERSPECTIVESS

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