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
Visit the swimming polar bear at the smart zoo in Dispatch No. 17.
Watch a symphony of data and the return of the world’s smallest movie star in Dispatches No. 6 & 7.
What’s for dessert in the IBM Food Truck? Why it’s Belgian Bacon Pudding!
From keyboards to cupboards, computer science enters the culinary arts.
Tomorrow’s cutting edge chefs won’t just need good palettes. They’ll want good programming.
A Fractals Lunchbreak
Here’s a great reason to stay in for lunch today. Feast your eyes and your ears on this epic fractals animation.
Big Brains. Small Films.
A conversation with Benoît Mandelbrot, filmed 19 days before his passing, by Errol Morris.
Today, thousands of songs fit in your pocket. Back in the day, this one took up a whole room.
Big Brains. Small Films: The Technologista Series
Women at IBM talk innovation, leadership and the projects they love. Follow the upcoming series on YouTube beginning July 8.