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Fractals : the colors of infinity

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Summary:The Mandelbrot set-someone has called it the thumbprint of God-is one of the most beautiful and remarkable discoveries in the entire history of mathematics. With Arthur C. Clarke as narrator and interviews with a number of notable mathematicians, including Benoit Mandelbrot, this program graphically illustrates how simple formulas can lead to complicated results: it explains the set, what it means, its internal consistency, and the revolutions in thought resulting from its discovery. Asked if the real universe goes on forever, Stephen Hawking defines its limit of smallness; the Mandelbrot set, on the other hand, may go on forever.
Contributor:Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008
Lesmoir-Gordon, Nigel
Sinclair, Paul
Mandelbrot, Benoit B.
Barnsley, M. F. (Michael Fielding), 1946-
Stewart, Ian, 1945-
Hawking, S. W. (Stephen W.)
Provider:New Moon (Firm)
Gordon Films UK
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Century:1901-2000
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:New Jersey
Topical subjects:Fractals
Mandelbrot sets
Mathematical models
Genre:Science films
Educational films
Credits:Written by Arthur C. Clarke, Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon ; produced by Paul Sinclair ; directed by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon ; a New Moon & Gordon Films production. Presenter, Arthur C. Clarke; commentary: Benoit Mandelbrot, Michael Barnsley, Ian Stewart, Stephen Hawking. Photography, John Lamborn ; editor, Simon Gilbert ; music, David Gilmour.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Science, Technology
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