A Video Tribute to Benoît Mandelbrot

On Thursday, mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot died of pancreatic cancer at age 85. Mandelbrot is most famous for coining the term "fractal," which he applied to fields as diverse as physics and finance. In 2007, an undergraduate at Cornell University named Pisut Wisessing created this video about the Mandelbrot set, a series of complex numbers that, when plotted, form an intricate fractal. The video is based on a song by Jonathan Coulton, who has penned other science-based music. (Warning: There is some explicit language.)

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