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Thread poster: Claudia Alvis

Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Nov 2, 2003

Try this:


Alexandru Pojoga
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Nice! Nov 2, 2003

How did they do it??


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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How did they do it? Nov 2, 2003

I too found it fascinating (thanks, Caliaa!).
I have no idea myself how it's done, but I sent it to a friend of mine and this was his reply:

Yeouch! I don't know if you are up on `Chaos Theory' and Mandelbrot Equations and things, but I used to have a programme - which this reminds me of - where by feeding in certain equations you could use the computer to generate beautiful `fractal' images and then continue zooming in presumably forever. I remember trying it out one evening and winding up when the programme told me the image I had on the screen had come from the first which now - due to the magnification - was larger than the orbit of Mars!

The same of course would hold for that picture if you keep going in far enough! And it could have been a more interesting picture too!


Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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I found it quite Nov 2, 2003



Agnieszka Hayward
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uuuuuaha Nov 3, 2003

don't do that to me... my little brain now rattles in the huge skull... ouch!


sylver  Identity Verified
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Some basic explanations Nov 3, 2003

If you look at the file format, you will see it's a Flash file. Flash typically use a sequence of images, very much like a regular movie:

You have a time line and pictures (called "frames") appear and disapear successively, as time passes. The main difficulty here is to create a set of matching pictures. In fact you are just looking at a movie, except that it uses an endlessly repeting patern, on the center.

A fractal's behaviour (for the little I know about it) duplicate a certain shape ad infinitum to form an image. See for examples.

You will note also a very nice moving fractal made with 16 frames.


Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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Place yourself between 2 mirrors Nov 3, 2003

Put two plane mirrors facing each other. Place yourself between them. This happens in a hairdresser's saloon. Then you can see the infinite rows of mirrors inside mirrors. I cannot remember the name of the phenomenon given by our physics lecturer. Imagine yourself going into the mirrors. You will get the same sensation given by the reference in this thread.

[Edited at 2003-11-03 15:12]


Patricia Posadas  Identity Verified
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I'm dizzy! Nov 3, 2003

Great! The last thing I thought about was how they ahd done that! I like to belive in MAGIC!


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Fractals Nov 3, 2003

There was a book I used to read when I was a child. In it, there was a whole chapter about fractals. I was absolutely fascinated but those beautiful shapes.

I barely remember the theory -- I'm terrible at Physics, but I do remember that they are everywhere in nature: the shape of the waves, the growing of some plants, DNA, clouds, mold, etc.

Here are more web sites about fractals:

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