What’s a fractal?
Just one of the main building blocks of the universe. Known as ‘God’s thumbprint,’ these simple math formulas reveal the intricate recursive patterns found within nature, yet still remain one of science’s best-kept secrets. Follow along as we explore the contours, curiosities and creator of this beautiful wonder of the computer age.
"A fractal is a way of seeing infinity." —Benoit B. Mandelbrot
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innovation of the last 20 years
Today $1,000 cheeseburgers aren’t unheard of at some luxury restaurants and hotels. And while most people wouldn’t dream of it, someone with your stolen credit card information and an expensive bovine habit might have other ideas.
Thankfully IBM US Patent no. 8,229,853 is there to stand in the way of such pricey ground beef capers. By dynamically cross-referencing your credit card with your indicated location and times, cardholders won’t get stuck with the bill for something they didn’t order. Because if you’re left holding the bill, you better be holding the napkin, too.