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
Meet the Fellows
Sometimes the greatest scientific breakthroughs happen by chance. Dropping a piece of silicon into hydrofluoric acid, for instance, allowed IBM Fellow Bernard Meyerson to discover the silicon germanium chip. The rest, as they say, is history, as SiGe influences how our WiFi, cell phones and GPS devices work today.
This innovation gives computing the flexibility of Olympic gymnasts. It tells virtual machines when to jump from server to server, and workload to workload, without even breaking a sweat. See the newly-awarded Patent No. 8,352,953.
1 GIF + (20 + 80 years of innovation) = 100 X 100, a film about a century of innovations that changed the world.