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* Written for [[John Hodgman]]'s [[Little Gray Books]] Lecture #16, "How to Pour the Perfect Werthmann", delivered on February 5, 2003.<ref>http://web.archive.org/web/20030208050702/http://www.littlegraybooks.com/</ref> | * Written for [[John Hodgman]]'s [[Little Gray Books]] Lecture #16, "How to Pour the Perfect Werthmann", delivered on February 5, 2003.<ref>http://web.archive.org/web/20030208050702/http://www.littlegraybooks.com/</ref> | ||

* This lecture concerned things that were named after actual people. | * This lecture concerned things that were named after actual people. | ||

− | * [http://bantha.org/~lunetta/pix/mandelbrot.jpg Proof that Benoit Mandelbrot | + | * [http://bantha.org/~lunetta/pix/mandelbrot.jpg Proof that Benoit Mandelbrot was aware of Jonathan Coulton and this song]. He also said he was "impressed by [the song] and its popularity."<ref>http://bigthink.com/ideas/19207</ref> |

* In a strange twist of fate, Jonathan Coulton did not perform at the 2008 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize Ig Nobel Prize] Ceremony, and hence did not meet Benoit Mandelbrot. However, Paul and Storm did<ref>http://www.paulandstorm.com/archives/benoit-mandelbrot-says-hello-to-jonathan-coulton/</ref>. | * In a strange twist of fate, Jonathan Coulton did not perform at the 2008 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize Ig Nobel Prize] Ceremony, and hence did not meet Benoit Mandelbrot. However, Paul and Storm did<ref>http://www.paulandstorm.com/archives/benoit-mandelbrot-says-hello-to-jonathan-coulton/</ref>. | ||

* As JoCo acknowledges at some of his concerts, the chorus is in fact the procedure for generating a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Set Julia Set] for a given ''C'', not the Mandelbrot Set. For the Mandelbrot Set, the lyrics would become, “''Take a point called '''C''' in the complex plane, \Let Z1 be '''zero''' squared plus C. \And Z2 be Z1 squared plus C. \And so on…''” In the interests of preserving scansion, 'zero' could be replaced with 'naught' or 'oh', or even (skipping the boring first step and making it sound even closer to the original) 'C'. | * As JoCo acknowledges at some of his concerts, the chorus is in fact the procedure for generating a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Set Julia Set] for a given ''C'', not the Mandelbrot Set. For the Mandelbrot Set, the lyrics would become, “''Take a point called '''C''' in the complex plane, \Let Z1 be '''zero''' squared plus C. \And Z2 be Z1 squared plus C. \And so on…''” In the interests of preserving scansion, 'zero' could be replaced with 'naught' or 'oh', or even (skipping the boring first step and making it sound even closer to the original) 'C'. | ||

− | * Benoit Mandlebrot died on October 14, 2010, making the verse ''Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead / Right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale'' no longer accurate, | + | * Benoit Mandlebrot died on October 14, 2010, making the verse ''Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead / Right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale'' no longer accurate. Despite this, JoCo does not intend to retire the song or change its lyrics. <ref>http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2010/10/18/and-i-couldnt-even-get-the-math-right/</ref> |

== Availability == | == Availability == |

## Revision as of 04:19, 24 October 2010

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Mandelbrot Set | |

Release | Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow |
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Length | 4:24 |

Release date | 10-01-2004 |

Related Pages | Other media |

Demo version: {{#song:Mandelbrot+Set+(Demo) }}

## Trivia

- Written for John Hodgman's Little Gray Books Lecture #16, "How to Pour the Perfect Werthmann", delivered on February 5, 2003.
^{[1]} - This lecture concerned things that were named after actual people.
- Proof that Benoit Mandelbrot was aware of Jonathan Coulton and this song. He also said he was "impressed by [the song] and its popularity."
^{[2]} - In a strange twist of fate, Jonathan Coulton did not perform at the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and hence did not meet Benoit Mandelbrot. However, Paul and Storm did
^{[3]}. - As JoCo acknowledges at some of his concerts, the chorus is in fact the procedure for generating a Julia Set for a given
*C*, not the Mandelbrot Set. For the Mandelbrot Set, the lyrics would become, “*Take a point called*” In the interests of preserving scansion, 'zero' could be replaced with 'naught' or 'oh', or even (skipping the boring first step and making it sound even closer to the original) 'C'.**C**in the complex plane, \Let Z1 be**zero**squared plus C. \And Z2 be Z1 squared plus C. \And so on… - Benoit Mandlebrot died on October 14, 2010, making the verse
*Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead / Right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale*no longer accurate. Despite this, JoCo does not intend to retire the song or change its lyrics.^{[4]}

## Availability

### Downloads

"Mandelbrot Set" is available for purchase in the Jonathan Coulton MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of *Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow*. Of course, this song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

Downloadable FLAC versions of the above are available in the Jonathan Coulton FLAC Store

### CD

As of February 2008, the CD version of *Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow* is out of print and is no longer available.

### Other versions

The demo version of "Mandelbrot Set" is also available on the MP3 Store as an individual track or as part of *Other Experiments*. This song is also included as part of the "Everything" playlist.

A karaoke version of "Mandelbrot Set" (studio recording version) is available on the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Store.

An acoustic version of "Mandelbrot Set" is available on the Best. Concert. Ever. CD/DVD combination and on the digital download versions.

## Themes

## References

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow |

JoCo Looks Back |

Best. Concert. Ever. |