Day 156: Fractals and the Mandelbrot Set

AP Physics C: We watched the NOVA special Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension. There were a lot a parallels between what the mathematicians where saying and the themes in Arcadia. Mandelbrot is a main focus of the special, along with applications of fractals — from CGI special effects to antennas to fashion. Minds were blown.

As a bonus, we looked at select scenes from Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Again, Stoppard shows a knack for mixing science and humor:

College-Prep Physics: Students began work on WebAssign problems about waves.

Conceptual Physics: Students wrapped-up work on the bike light presentations.


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2 responses to “Day 156: Fractals and the Mandelbrot Set”

  1. Shakti Chionis says :

    I’m very familiar with Fractal Geometry and the mandelbrot sets. PBS came out with a documentary 17 years ago called the Colors of Infinity and it is just very profound. NOVA’s special is much more scientific whereas the other one is more quantum physics and science and going further into the nature of the mind….in my opinion. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have been waiting for another fabulous explanation. I just didn’t know it came out nearly 2 years ago. I’m so excited.

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