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The real 3D Mandlebulb (images & vid)

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posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:04 AM
Being a web/graphics designer I come across a lot of crazy designs created by math. We have fractal art which is amazing:

Then we have the Mandlebot/Mandlebulb which is an entire 3-dimensional "world" created from math.

TIMESTAMP 08/11/2009. The original Mandelbrot is an amazing object that has captured the public's imagination for 30 years with its cascading patterns and hypnotically colourful detail. It's known as a 'fractal' - a type of shape that yields (sometimes elaborate) detail forever, no matter how far you 'zoom' into it (think of the trunk of a tree sprouting branches, which in turn split off into smaller branches, which themselves yield twigs etc.).

It's found by following a relatively simple math formula. But in the end, it's still only 2D and flat - there's no depth, shadows, perspective, or light sourcing. What we have featured in this article is a potential 3D version of the same fractal. For the impatient, you can skip to the nice pics, but the below makes an interesting read (with a little math as well for the curious).

All of the images below come from the above object. Look at the one with what looks like stars on the right-my fav.

An awesome video inside the Mandlebulb:

What's the formula of this thing?

There are a few subtle variations, which mostly end up producing the same kind of incredible detail. Listed below is one version. Similar to the original 2D Mandelbrot, the 3D formula is defined by:

z -> z^n + c

...but where 'z' and 'c' are hypercomplex ('triplex') numbers, representing Cartesian x, y, and z coordinates. The exponentiation term can be defined by:

[x,y,z]^n = r^n [ sin(theta*n) * cos(phi*n) , sin(theta*n) * sin(phi*n) , cos(theta*n) ]
r = sqrt(x^2 + y^2 + z^2)
theta = atan2( sqrt(x^2+y^2), z )
phi = atan2(y,x)

And the addition term in z -> z^n + c is similar to standard complex addition, and is simply defined by:

[x,y,z]+[a,b,c] = [x+a, y+b, z+c]

The rest of the algorithm is similar to the 2D Mandelbrot!

Here is some pseudo code of the above:

r = sqrt(x*x + y*y + z*z )
theta = atan2(sqrt(x*x + y*y) , z)
phi = atan2(y,x)

newx = r^n * sin(theta*n) * cos(phi*n)
newy = r^n * sin(theta*n) * sin(phi*n)
newz = r^n * cos(theta*n)

...where n is the order of the 3D Mandelbulb. Use n=8 to find the exact object in this article.

Hope you enjoyed!
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posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:08 AM
Funny I can't get the images to post

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:09 AM
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Okay I got... I have to upload them to my tools first...hold on peeps

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:17 AM
totally incredible!!! i loved this
so beautiful,and so bizzar at the same time. i fell in love with fractal art 20 + years og,but i've never seen 3-D fractals before! totally cool

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:21 AM
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I know I want to get the program, I do use Apophisys, which is very
That will keep you busy for a few years. Play with the attributes and go to town. The trick is to open the triangle editor-move them around, change their shape, create new ones, overlap them and wait a long long time to see the results. My son made a 3d tube somehow, it's now my desktop background.

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:29 AM
Another very cool bulb:

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 11:40 AM
Here is a list of many different types of fractal programs, even for Mac's yeah!
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posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 12:02 PM
reply to post by samlf3rd

Beautiful pics. Look up "Fourier" calculus to see the link between this and our brains.

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 01:01 PM
I am studying organic chemistry at the moment and while looking at this I am wondering...

...if it would be possible to plot the energy levels of the (infinite number of) organic compounds in this way. it makes a lot of sense that the distribution of energy in the universe would follow this type of plot.

so, in other words, when looking at the mandelbulb, all of the large and /or repetitive structures would represent stable compounds. and the chaotic areas would represent the energetic transitions between the compounds.

in fact, it makes so much sense, I cannot be the first person to have thought of it.

thanks for posting!

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 01:24 PM
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As I look at these pics and the video I wonder if this is the easiest way to describe the universe. Infinity explained visually? It never ends, because the math is infinite, like space and time.

posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 01:26 PM
reply to post by tgidkp

You aren't the first to think of it, nope... however don't let that discourage you. We need more people thinking this way so let it shine!


posted on Sep, 25 2011 @ 03:33 PM
Evasius already made a thread on this ;

Just pointing that out for those who didn't know.

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