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
World’s Fair 50:
The IBM Pavilion
The famed, egg-shaped IBM Pavillion at the 1964 World’s Fair, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Associates, covered 54,038 square feet (1.2 acres) and stood 90 feet high, was thought to pay homage to the typeball of the IBM Selectric typewriter. Covering the outside surface of the Ovoid were 1000 IBM logos, as represented on the IBM Pavilion welcome brochure shown above.
World’s Fair 50:
Looking back to the future
As the ultimate showcase for global culture and innovations of tomorrow, the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York introduced over 51 million visitors to the future with modern-age marvels like touch-tone phones, Belgian waffles and the world’s earliest computers. The IBM Pavilion, designed by design demigods Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, was one of the fair’s most popular attractions. And all this week, IBMblr is going retro to celebrate the fair in all its vintage greatness.
Dark chocolate. White chocolate. Milk chocolate. There’s chocolate for everyone in Dispatch No. 27.
The Webbys have spoken…
and we’ll spare you the emoticons for how we’re feeling after getting nominated for two awards, including Best Business Blog on the Web.
This is an honor that we share with all of you for taking to us early on. (We’re just over a year old). It’s your reblogs and likes that keep us keeping on. And If you’re in the mood to hit a couple more buttons for IBMblr, consider voting for us in the People’s Voice Award. You can cast your ballots for IBMblr here and here. Thanks and thanks.
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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