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
Posters inspired by old typewriter used by famous writers or designers
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Beautiful in their functional simplicity, old-school typewriters are the instruments of choice for many young hipster writers these days. We’re guessing that Victor Cavazzoni shares the same love for their retro charm by featuring them in his very cool poster series. We love them all, but we’re partial to the pink IBM Selectric, of course.
Name: Neil Bartlett
Hails From: London
Working On: Analyzing risk with specialized software
Fun Fact: Speaks English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Thai & Russian
Q. What are some of your interests?
I love learning lots of different things. I can talk a bit of math, a bit of physics. I love learning new languages. I play a lot of instruments, none particularly well. My wife would tell you I have too many Interests.
"Always listen, stay curious and keep your aperture wide open whether interacting with people from very different backgrounds and educations or reading different literature, etc."
IBMer Hendrik Hamann
60 patents, 60 pending
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"I look to Thomas Edison for ideas on inventing. His most important invention was inventing the first R&D laboratory. He did not just design the first commercially viable light bulb, he also patented all the supporting devices like electric generators, transmission wires, switches and fuses. I try to take the same organized approach to my inventing. I am approaching 1/5 of an Edison. Thomas Edison filed 1,094 patents."
70+ patents, 200+ pending
Computer science lab turned art studio? Connectivity of a Cognitive Computer Based on the Macaque Brain, an illustration by IBM Research, earns first place in Wired’s Best Science and Engineering Visualizations of 2012.
Big Brains. Small Films.
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"My patents come from solving problems. The insights can come in sleep, in the shower, or on a walk. Luckily, I haven’t been blinded by inspiration while driving."
"Identifying problems is key. Many people see annoyances, but going the extra steps to classify the problem as something solvable and list potential solutions is what leads to patents."