A man who sparked the imagination of many graphics programmers died recently, Benoît Mandelbrot. He coined the term fractal and showed us that simple math can create beautiful patterns of infinite complexity. You have probably seen his most famous discovery below, the Mandelbrot Set.

The Mandelbrot Set, a bug-like fractal object

Unlike most mathematicians, Mandelbrot spent much of his time outside of academia, showing the rest of us the treasures he found. He inspired a generation of graphics programmers to experiment and discover their own fractals. Below are just a few examples. For the highest quality, follow the links to YouTube and watch the 720p versions in full screen mode.

The purple Mandelbrot Set image was created with an Easter Egg in one of our products. In Snap Art, run the Stylize filter with Random Seed set to 111. For real fractal exploration there are plenty of free programs on the Web.

I’m going to listen to one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs now, “So long, Frank Lloyd Wright”. I think it fits just fine.