The Big Picture

And by this, I mean really, really big…This was sent to me by my colleague Christian Reinboth in Germany. This video was created by Mike (Metafis), a retired PC support guy, who has also been kind enough to comment below.

…. It shows a massive zoom (315 times) into the famous Mandelbrot set. The astonishing thing is this (and I am quoting the filmmakers): You would need a monitor 2^316 times the size of a normal one to view the whole of the first frame by the time you get to the last frame. That’s approx 2^176 times the size of the known universe.

Here it is:

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11 thoughts on “The Big Picture

  1. I am absolutely captivated by the M set. If anything were evidence of “intelligent design”, this would be it. I enjoy showing people these beautiful images (I have them on the door to my classroom) and explaining that they weren’t designed by an artist – just a relatively simple equation. And the fact that the overall shape keeps reappearing at smaller scales in the center of mandala-like patterns is mindboggling – the equation seems much too simple to result in such complexity.

  2. Wow. This is way better than reality. At the lowest level, how many decimal places in the coordinates do you need to consider in order to evaluate whether a point is in or out?

  3. Love all the bitty-‘brots you pass on the way down.Cool visual effect: after watching those ever-expanding colours for several minutes, now the white comment area seems to be shrinking on me. Bizarre.My first serious C program was a Mandelbrot generator, which I wrote on my first PC — a 12MHz 386SX — c. 1989.

  4. HiI’m the guy that made the video. Thanks for all the comments!.I’m not a maths student in the USA, I’m just a retired PC support guy from the UK, who loves science and numbers :).CheersMIke (metafis)

  5. I’ve reproduced my notes on the original vid of this that I posed to youtube.for those interested :)Mandelbrot. Deep zoom. 2^316!. Thats 315 zooms.Note. zoom doesnt deviate from the X axis, to save render time.First frame doubles in size every second.You world need a monitor 2^316 times the size of a normal one to view the whole of the first frame by the time you get to the last frame.That’s approx 2^176 times the size of the known universe. Thats just so big you cant comprehend it.Done using fractalExtreme.Dell D420, dual core,2Hrs 30 mins render on the dell d420.Sorry about the jerkiness and loss of definition, I had to get it below 100MB. The original avi was 223mb!Technical info.Program FractalExtremeRender time 150 mins. dell d420 dual core 1.2Ghz, 2 Gb ram.FINAL FRAME STATSmax iterations 29220352bit calculations,1,615,000 iterations per at centre of frameREAL -1.865,725,138,512,217,656,771,001,047,8 66,232,180,936,734,191,728,691,192,292,2 84,866,184,925,781,685,537,956,232,149,6 54,472,220,9imaginary -0.000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,002,9magnification 1.335E+095 !!

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