# Difference between revisions of "Mandelbrot Set/Lyrics"

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He saw that infinite complexity could be described by simple rules | He saw that infinite complexity could be described by simple rules | ||

Used his giant brain and he turned the game around | Used his giant brain and he turned the game around | ||

− | And he looked below the storm | + | And he looked below the storm |

+ | Saw a vision in his head | ||

A bulbous pointy form | A bulbous pointy form | ||

Picked his pencil up and he wrote his secret down | Picked his pencil up and he wrote his secret down | ||

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That point is in the Mandelbrot Set | That point is in the Mandelbrot Set | ||

− | Mandelbrot Set you're a Rorschach Test on fire | + | Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire |

You're a day-glo pterodactyl | You're a day-glo pterodactyl | ||

You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire | You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire | ||

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That point is in the Mandelbrot Set | That point is in the Mandelbrot Set | ||

− | Mandelbrot Set you're a Rorschach Test on fire | + | Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire |

You're a day-glo pterodactyl | You're a day-glo pterodactyl | ||

You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire | You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire | ||

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Sweeping all our fears away | Sweeping all our fears away | ||

You can change the world in a tiny way | You can change the world in a tiny way | ||

− | Go on change the world in a tiny way | + | Go on, change the world in a tiny way |

− | Come on change the world in a tiny way | + | Come on, change the world in a tiny way |

</lyrics> | </lyrics> | ||

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+ | == Notes == | ||

+ | Since the death of Benoit Mandelbrot in October 2010, Jonathan has omitted the lines, "at least he will be when he's dead / right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale," in live performances. |

## Revision as of 20:54, 21 July 2011

Pathological monsters! cried the terrified mathematician

Every one of them a splinter in my eye

I hate the Peano Space and the Koch Curve

I fear the Cantor Ternary Set

The Sierpinski Gasket makes me wanna cry

And a million miles away a butterfly flapped its wings

On a cold November day a man named Benoit Mandelbrot was born

His disdain for pure mathematics and his unique geometrical insights

Left him well equipped to face those demons down

He saw that infinite complexity could be described by simple rules

Used his giant brain and he turned the game around

And he looked below the storm

Saw a vision in his head

A bulbous pointy form

Picked his pencil up and he wrote his secret down

Just take a point called Z in the complex plane (Alternate: Take a point called C...)

Let Z1 be Z squared plus C (Alternate: Let Z1 be zero squared...)

And Z2 is Z1 squared plus C

And Z3 is Z2 squared plus C and so on

If the series of Zs should always stay

Close to Z and never trend away

That point is in the Mandelbrot Set

Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire

You're a day-glo pterodactyl

You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire

You're one badass fucking fractal

And you're just in time to save the day

Sweeping all our fears away

You can change the world in a tiny way

Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead

Right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale

He gave us order out of chaos, he gave us hope where there was none

His geometry succeeds where others fail

So if you ever lose your way, a butterfly will flap its wings

From a million miles away, a little miracle will come to take you home

Just take a point called Z in the complex plane (Alternate: Take a point called C...)

Let Z1 be Z squared plus C (Alternate: Let Z1 be zero squared...)

And Z2 is Z1 squared plus C

And Z3 is Z2 squared plus C and so on

If the series of Zs will always stay

Close to Z instead of trend away

That point is in the Mandelbrot Set

Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire

You're a day-glo pterodactyl

You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire

You're one badass fucking fractal

And you're just in time to save the day

Sweeping all our fears away

You can change the world in a tiny way

Cause you're just in time to save the day

Sweeping all our fears away

You can change the world in a tiny way

Go on, change the world in a tiny way

Come on, change the world in a tiny way

## Notes

Since the death of Benoit Mandelbrot in October 2010, Jonathan has omitted the lines, "at least he will be when he's dead / right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale," in live performances.