Benoit Mandelbrot did. But what does "interesting" have to do with it?
 Did anyone think that empty patch of sky was interesting before
Hubble turned it into one of the most amazing photos ever taken?

On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> But did anybody think z' = z^2 + c was interesting before that?
>
> Bretn
>
>
> On 9/17/2012 1:17 PM, Terren Suydam wrote:
>>
>> I would say computers were the tool that allowed us to see it, like a
>> microscope allowed us to see bacteria, and a telescope stars.
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM, meekerdb<meeke...@verizon.net>  wrote:
>>>
>>> On 9/17/2012 10:36 AM, Terren Suydam wrote:
>>>
>>> Rex,
>>>
>>> Do you have a non-platonist explanation for the "discovery" of the
>>> Mandelbrot set and the infinite complexity therein?  How can you make
>>> sense of that in terms of the constructivist point of view
>>>
>>>
>>> How can you make sense of it otherwise.  The Mandelbrot set is only
>>> interesting because it became possible to construct it by use of
>>> computers.
>>>
>>> Brent
>>>
>>>
>>> that you
>>> are (I think) compelled to take if you argue against arithmetical
>>> platonism?  It seems obvious that all possible intelligences would
>>> discover the same forms of the Mandelbrot so long as they iterated on
>>> z' = z^2 + c, but maybe I am missing the point of your argument.
>>>
>>> Terren
>>>
>>>
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