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Mandelbrot Set Explorer

Nov 2016
· GitHub
Mandelbrot Set Explorer

The Mandelbrot Set is the set of complex numbers that stays bounded when iterated on the function, f(z) = z2 + c. A famous example of a fractal in mathematics, the Mandelbrot Set has infinite complexity which makes exploring it quite interesting. In Python, using the UI and graphics libraries TKinter and Pillow, I created an interactive Mandelbrot Set visualizer that lets you zoom into parts of the fractal.

One challenge with the Mandelbrot set is that it is quite computationally intensive to visualize. For each pixel in the visualization, those coordinates need to be iterated on the before-mentioned formula. In order to speed up the visualization, this project uses multiprocessing to split up the work load across all available CPU cores on the computer. Through this project I gained experience in software graphics and designing user interfaces.