Who Needs Mushrooms When You’ve Got Math

mandelbrot sets Brown University has received an award of $15.5 million from the National Science Foundation for the purpose of creating a mathematics research institute, the eighth of its kind in the country. The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics will be located on South Main Street and will be headed by mathematics professor Jill Pipher — a girl!

ICERM will leverage internationally recognized programs in applied and pure mathematics and computer science to create long-term research programs and scholarly conferences to attract the world’s best minds in computation and experimental math. It is another step forward in Rhode Island’s development of a knowledge economy.

Hooray, more smart people around town. The image here is the visual expression of a Mandelbrot set defined as,

. . .  the set of complex values of c for which the orbit of 0 under iteration of the complex quadratic polynomial zn+1 = zn2 + c remains bounded. That is, a complex number, c, is in the Mandelbrot set if, when starting with z0 = 0 and applying the iteration repeatedly, the absolute value of zn never exceeds a certain number (that number depends on c) however large n gets.

But you already knew that. Groovy Mandelbrot videos after the jump.

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