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
The Mainframe turns 50
Charles Branscomb, IBM 1401 program manager, on the computing innovation that helped send men to the moon and still processes nearly all the world’s bank transactions:
“We weren’t interested in building an accounting machine. We wanted to take people to a whole new world…We have an image here of a fairly simple control panel; they looked like a bunch of spaghetti, but this is how you controlled the machine in those days.”
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