Mandelbrot set


Man·​del·​brot set ˈman-dəl-ˌbrät- How to pronounce Mandelbrot set (audio)
: 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

Word History


Benoit Mandelbrot

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Mandelbrot set was in 1984

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“Mandelbrot set.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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