December 09, 2011
In memory of Benoit Mandelbrot
A tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 - 14 October 2010) - a maverick of academia.
Thanks to Dark Flow for the music "Groggy Sunrise".
Ken Hawthorn (at the Fujitsu Planetarium, De-Anza college in Cupertino, California) gave me the idea of projecting a Mandelbrot zoom in a planetarium. Inspired by Dr. Mandelbrot's death last year, I attempted to create a high definition rendering of a Mandelbrot zoom that could be appreciated by those who have never seen it before and could be projected in a Planetarium setting. Synchronization of zoom events against appropriate music is one key element. Planetarium operators are welcome to contact me to use this material gratis via Creative Commons license.
Final zoom location:
Each frame was individually rendered at 1080x1080 resolution (1080p) and strung together at 30 frames per second. Sidebands were added for compatibility with standard 1920x1080 resolution. No frame interpolation was used. All images were lovingly rendered by 12 CPU cores running 24/7 for 7 months.