Hello, and welcome to my website. This site is the home to my Mandelbrot fractal generator Java applet, which I call Mandelmania. Here you will find fractal art in the form of images, wallpapers, prints, and videos, which have been inspired by my journey into the Mandelbrot set.
Have I become obsessed with this new art form? Have I fallen to that affliction that Arthur C. Clarke calls "Mandelmania" in his book Ghost of the Grand Banks? Well, maybe so, haha, but it makes for some nice images, anyway.
If you would like to learn how the Mandelbrot set is computed, click here.
Also here you will find a mortgage calculator applet which I wrote. Look for it in Other Java. It is interactive, in that it updates principal & interest graphs as well as amortization tables as the sliders are moved or new values are entered. For those who know about Java, this applet is a JDK 1.0 applet, while the Mandelmania applet is a Swing applet, which works best using Sun's newest
"A pastiche and homage to 1980's popular documentaries about the Mandelbrot set and the over excitement on the chaos theory. However, this documentary also deals about the relation between art and science, especially how the scientific process and its results have an aesthetic aspect in itself."
This was produced by students at the University of the Arts London in collaboration with King's College London and Imperial College London.
I'm listed in the credits, along with fractal artists Jos Leys and
NOTE: Mac users may see the Java loading symbol on the Mandelmania applet page even after the applet has already loaded; in this case, clicking in the applet area should cause it to display, and it should run correctly after doing this. On the other hand, unfortunately, the mortgage calculator applet (on the Other Java tab, above) does not display correctly at all on the Mac. Interestingly, the slider controls on the mortgage calculator applet also don't display correctly on Google Chrome on the PC, although they display fine on Firefox and Internet Explorer.
So you can see that Java implementations among different platforms and browsers vary. Please let me know if something strange happens in your particular browser by sending an e-mail with your operating system type and browser version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2, 2014
As of the latest release of Java, (Java 7 Update 51,) the security slider in the Java control panel must be lowered from High to Medium, or my website URL http://www.mandelmania.net added to the Exception Site List on the Security tab of the Java control panel, like so, for my applets to run. It may require closing and restarting the browser after making these changes for the applets to run. I'm planning on either obtaining a code signing security certificate so that this extra step, a hassle likely for most users, is unnecessary, or revamping my website to use HTML 5 rather than Java.
Check out my concept
anagram generator concept app; it's written using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and is basically a servlet/ajax application.
June 22, 2012
I replaced the compute thread, which was already separate from the UI thread, in the Mandelmania applet with twelve threads, so the applet computes faster on multi-core computers.
April 23, 2011
At last, I've finally completed a high definition (HD) fractal animation I've been working on. The quality of it is reflected in how much time I spent in making it. (It's really cool! I hope you agree!) The 1080p version takes a long time to load, so you might want to check out the 720p version first.
October 18, 2010
Sadly, Benoît Mandelbrot, the father of the Mandelbrot fractal, died on October 14, 2010 of pancreatic cancer. I pay tribute to him here, as this website would not exist if not for him. For more information, view the story at The New York Times: Benoit Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85.
Check out my 3D animation video I made for my 3D animation class with 3ds Max.
Check out my video, Mandelmania v2, I made for my operating systems class.
Check out the video
Mandelmania v1 I made for my art class.