In a 2010 interview with Errol Morris, filmed 18 days before Mandelbrot’s death, the legendary mathematician talks about his work and the origin of the word ‘fractal’ with which he will always be associated.
The video was produced as a tribute by IBM (for whom Mandelbrot worked for 35 years)
If it existed in real life, the set would include:
Cantor fork :: now you can pin a single kiwi seed. Twice in a row. Recursive spoon :: it will never let you spill a drop of soup. Ever. Koch knife :: to delicately cut hair-thin slices out of an egg. A raw egg.
The Infinity Set:: the set includes itself. As a subset.
Every piece of the set is inscribed with our Julia logo and our motto “The Infinities are Possible”. Limited quantities. Unlimited price. The kiwi, the drop of soup and the egg are not included in the box, but could be ordered separately.
Impressive enough as CG models, these fractals of Satan actually exist in the real world: CAAD printed on 1mm sheets at the university’s Replab, hollowed out to reduce weight and built up in layers, 2.7 metres high.