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
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.
The Ninja Polymer, star of “Ninjas vs Superbugs” is ready for his close up. Watch the flick to see just what a Ninja is, and how it could make superbugs a thing of the past
Ninja polymers are taking over IBMblr this week. If you’re asking yourself, “Ninja WHAT?” then stay tuned to learn all about these new nanoscaled polymers — now being developed in IBM’slabs — that might just be the key to killing superbugs like MRSA for good.
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.
"Benoit once told me that the best tasting bagels are those with a fractal distribution of holes. If the bagels are cooked at the right temperature, the carbon dioxide generated by the yeast forms bubbles with a fractal distribution. So before you buy a bunch of bagels, cut one open, look at the different hole sizes, and they range from very small to very large, they were cooked properly. Of course, you can always taste one bagel before buying a bunch from the same batch. But that’s not the "fractal way" to judge your food."
LASIK Pioneer, IBM Researcher