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
What are IBMers doing in nanomedicine anyway? It all started with one little silicon wafer. Go behind the scenes in the lab and learn about the whole project.
Introducing the Chuck Norris of nanoparticles – the Ninja Polymer. They kill drug resistant bacteria in an entirely new way – quickly, silently, and for good.
They might look funny, but superbugs are nothing to laugh at. They’re drug resistant bacteria. And they’re getting stronger. See how IBM Research is fighting back.
That’s MRSA. He’s one mean superbug – lurking everywhere and spreading fast. And IBM Researchers are working on a new way to fight him.
Antibiotics. Why are they getting less effective against some of the nastiest bugs? Find out, and learn how we’re fighting back.
Bow down, bully bacteria. This new antimicrobial polymer innovation can slice through the protective cell walls of resistant super bacteria easier than a samurai sword in a sushi bar. See the newly awarded US Patent No. 8,361,495.
Our pièce de résistance? We thought it apt to feature the Father of Fractals himself as our last fractals post (well for now, anyway). We, as are so many in the science, technology and mathematics fields, are in awe of you and your work, Dr. Mandelbrot. The world continues to evolve thanks to you and your many contributions to it. We can’t wait to see all the new ways fractals are applied in the future.
And with this penultimate fractal GIF, we’re nearing the end of our Fractal Fest celebration. But while all good things must come to an end, don’t worry, we won’t be saying goodbye to fractals for long. The Tumblr Fractalizer will remain at our #Fractals page, and keep an eye on your feed all next week for a killer IBM Research innovation.
What the Fractal?
Forecasting trouble ahead
Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. Nature’s big troublemakers are often outsmarted by the tiny fractal math formulas that help us minimize their destruction. By understanding fractal order and scale, scientists can forecast the size, location and timing of natural disasters, so we can better prepare for their arrival. Now, if only they could help us prepare for holiday credit card bills.