Mandelbrot set

Man·​del·​brot set | \ ˈman-dəl-ˌbrät- How to pronounce Mandelbrot set (audio) , -ˌbrȯt- \

Definition of Mandelbrot set

: a fractal that when plotted on a computer screen roughly resembles a series of heart-shaped disks to which smaller disks are attached and that consists of a connected set of all points c in the complex plane for which the recursive expression zn+1 = zn2 + c for n = 0, 1, 2, 3,  … with the starting value z0 = 0 remains bounded as n approaches infinity

First Known Use of Mandelbrot set

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mandelbrot set

Benoit Mandelbrot

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“Mandelbrot set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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