Search FQXi


If you are aware of an interesting new academic paper (that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or has appeared on the arXiv), a conference talk (at an official professional scientific meeting), an external blog post (by a professional scientist) or a news item (in the mainstream news media), which you think might make an interesting topic for an FQXi blog post, then please contact us at forums@fqxi.org with a link to the original source and a sentence about why you think that the work is worthy of discussion. Please note that we receive many such suggestions and while we endeavour to respond to them, we may not be able to reply to all suggestions.

Please also note that we do not accept unsolicited posts and we cannot review, or open new threads for, unsolicited articles or papers. Requests to review or post such materials will not be answered. If you have your own novel physics theory or model, which you would like to post for further discussion among then FQXi community, then please add them directly to the "Alternative Models of Reality" thread, or to the "Alternative Models of Cosmology" thread. Thank you.

Forum Home
Introduction
Terms of Use

Order posts by:
 chronological order
 most recent first

Posts by the author are highlighted in orange; posts by FQXi Members are highlighted in blue.

By using the FQXi Forum, you acknowledge reading and agree to abide by the Terms of Use

 RSS feed | RSS help
RECENT POSTS IN THIS TOPIC

Vad Bobrovski: on 9/27/14 at 12:02pm UTC, wrote Hi Jonathan, I liked your video and thank you for your support. We can...

Jonathan Dickau: on 9/27/14 at 3:42am UTC, wrote Thank you Joy, It is appreciated that you took the time to view it. All...

Jonathan Dickau: on 9/26/14 at 19:28pm UTC, wrote Thank you Victor, I liked your video too. All the Best, Jonathan

Joy Christian: on 9/26/14 at 17:57pm UTC, wrote Hi Jonathan, I have watched and rated your video entry. It does not tell...

Sorana Stoica: on 9/26/14 at 6:01am UTC, wrote Dear sir, I like fractals, and I liked your video about this. Best...

Jonathan Dickau: on 9/26/14 at 3:55am UTC, wrote Thanks Teresa, You would like my companion Music Video: Mandelbrot...

Teresa Mendes: on 9/26/14 at 3:03am UTC, wrote well done. incredible images. I want to see more.

Jonathan Dickau: on 9/26/14 at 1:20am UTC, wrote Thank you Raghottam, I am happy my video pleased you, and I enjoyed yours....


RECENT FORUM POSTS

Georgina Woodward: "Maybe I should mention the experience of reality that is not just vision..." in First Things First: The...

Georgina Woodward: "Uni-temporal configuration of the entirety of existence, continually..." in First Things First: The...

Kevin Pryor: "By purpose, I meant a voluntary free will act you chose to achieve a goal,..." in More on agency from the...

Lorraine Ford: "Kevin, If people have no power over outcomes, then they cannot have..." in More on agency from the...

Anonymous: "The confrontation between different viewpoints is always an interesting..." in Can Time Be Saved From...

emma jio: "in your printer have any issues like printing issues or anything which..." in New Nuclear "Magic...

Steve Dufourny: "I must insist on a global crisis inside the sciences Community. It is due..." in Alternative Models of...

Georgina Woodward: "Steve, first to accept the quantum superposition, it is necessary to accept..." in Schrödinger’s Zombie:...


RECENT ARTICLES
click titles to read articles

First Things First: The Physics of Causality
Why do we remember the past and not the future? Untangling the connections between cause and effect, choice, and entropy.

Can Time Be Saved From Physics?
Philosophers, physicists and neuroscientists discuss how our sense of time’s flow might arise through our interactions with external stimuli—despite suggestions from Einstein's relativity that our perception of the passage of time is an illusion.

Thermo-Demonics
A devilish new framework of thermodynamics that focuses on how we observe information could help illuminate our understanding of probability and rewrite quantum theory.

Gravity's Residue
An unusual approach to unifying the laws of physics could solve Hawking's black-hole information paradox—and its predicted gravitational "memory effect" could be picked up by LIGO.

Could Mind Forge the Universe?
Objective reality, and the laws of physics themselves, emerge from our observations, according to a new framework that turns what we think of as fundamental on its head.


FQXi FORUM
November 13, 2019

CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Can the Mandelbrot Set help us understand the Cosmos? by Jonathan Jay Dickau [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Aug. 26, 2014 @ 16:12 GMT
Video Image





Video URL

http://youtu.be/qJfh8hy6NZ8



Video Description

For more than 25 years, I have been exploring the Mandelbrot Set as a source of insight into Cosmology. My research into the possible connections of this mathematical object with natural law has brought me into fascinating areas of Mathematics and Physics, and this video is my introduction of that work to the rest of the world.

Video Creator Bio

Jonathan Dickau is a multi-faceted individual, with skills that span academic, artistic, and technical endeavors. He has had an inquisitive mind, since an early age, and he has never quite grown up. Since winning a Grammy award for recording Pete Seeger's album "At 89," Jonathan has explored ways he can help the human race to better harmonize with Mother Earth and heal humanity's insults to the planetary biosphere. He lives in upstate New York and works in Audio and Video production, while devoting increasing amounts of time to both writing and academic studies - especially Physics and Mathematics.

Bookmark and Share



Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Aug. 27, 2014 @ 00:48 GMT
I'd like to welcome folks to my comments page for this video. While I intended to make my entry longer, and more informative, I'll now be putting the remaining content into the next installment(s). But feel free to ask any questions here that you like. I'll be posting links to additional content on this subject, and to my formula sets, for those who wish to explore the Mandelbrot Butterfly and related figures further on their own.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:41 GMT
I want folks to know that my video was rendered in HD720, to assure the highest possible quality of delivery on the web. The little icon that looks like a gear, on the YouTube player, is your settings tab. If you want to see my FQXi contest entry in the full quality it was uploaded with please choose that setting.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share


Joy Christian replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 17:57 GMT
Hi Jonathan,

I have watched and rated your video entry. It does not tell me much, however. As you say, it is only a teaser, and more is yet to come. I look forward to it.

All the best,

Joy

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 27, 2014 @ 03:42 GMT
Thank you Joy,

It is appreciated that you took the time to view it.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Aug. 27, 2014 @ 18:10 GMT
Hi folks,

I wanted to post this link:

Additional documents about the Mandelbrot Set and Cosmology

The link is to a folder filled with documents. It contains the poster, text sidebars, and proceedings paper for the 2nd Crisis in Cosmology conference, slides for a talk I was supposed to give at the 12th Frontiers in Fundamental Physics conference, and a paper in progress intended for Prespacetime Journal.

More may be added, from time to time, to this folder.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Aug. 27, 2014 @ 18:32 GMT
Oh and also included..

There is a PDF where one can see the butterfly's wings and the discs stripped away - one layer at a time - and then put back in place. In addition, I included an HTML file MisiuMath, which is my first foray into putting typeset Math on web pages using MathJax.

Enjoy,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Aug. 29, 2014 @ 05:36 GMT
Hi everybody,

While I'm working on the 2nd part of my contest video; I thought you might like to see some images of the Mandelbrot Butterfly set to Music. So I created a Fractal Music Video, to accompany my FQXi contest entry - featuring the butterfly figure. For people who like to watch colorful fractal zooms, this video is for you. Please choose HD720 in settings, if your connection supports it.

Mandelbrot Butterfly Safari

The theme is a piece I wrote and performed "Spacy Racy Music," which has a strong and persistent beat provided by my friend Mr. Zoom, that should make it more appealing to younger folks. But people can get exposure to the Mandelbrot Butterfly this way, without having to put up with a boring lecture.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Gino Knodel wrote on Sep. 1, 2014 @ 20:48 GMT
An interesting take on the interplay between mathematics and physics.

--Gino

PS: We would appreciate it if you could find the time to view and rate our own short video, Quantum Harmonies of Gravity.

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 5, 2014 @ 17:02 GMT
Thanks Gino!

I appreciate the interest in my work. I'll be sure to take in your video and comment on that blog page.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Sep. 5, 2014 @ 17:17 GMT
To Joe and others,

I take a rather different view of Physics from Max Tegmark, but I'm in complete agreement or consonance with several elements of his Mathematical Universe model. On some level; my views are closer to Phil Gibbs' "Theory of Theories" concept, where all of the applicable Maths relevant to a particular Physics topic all coexist somewhere in theoretical space - and contribute to a sort of Path Integral that describes the actual Physics we observe.

In my formulation; the reason why objects like E8 have relevance to Physics is that they are extraordinary or exceptional - in reflecting an extremum of some natural organizing principle. In this way; E8 may be the maximal example of preserved internal symmetries while the Mandelbrot Set is the extremum of symmetry breaking and the ultimate example thereof. If it can help us to catalog the ways in which symmetry is broken; it is arguably of great value to Physics. This is true regardless of whether one happens to be a Platonist.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 5, 2014 @ 17:35 GMT
I should add..

While I am not a particular fan of String Theory; I agree with one of its main assumptions - that we must consider what happens in higher dimensions, in order to fully understand the Physics we observe in a 3-d universe. Accordingly; my work with the Mandelbrot Set also projects beyond the 2-d realm, into higher dimensions.

I want it to be known that part of the relevance of the Mandelbrot Set to Physics extends from the fact it exists in the hyper-complex domain, as well as ordinary complex numbers. There is a Quaternion and an Octonion Mandelbrot Set, for which the version we see is a 2-d projection. So by studying the progression of forms along the periphery of the 2-d version, we can evaluate time evolutive properties of natural systems without having to consider all the complexities.

Regards,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 01:43 GMT
Jonathan,

Thank you for commenting and rating part 2 of my "This Is Physics" trilogy... but you've started by the middle! Luckily, part 2 is fairly self-contained, but parts 1 and 3 are the best in my opinion... I hope you have the time to see the rest, and leave ratings (especially for part 3 which is trailing in numbers of ratings).

I had watched your video weeks ago, but didn't rate it then... because I didn't know what rating to give to it! It is very well produced, with very nice images of mathematical structures, and your voice is very pleasing and well recorded... and there's your intriguing proposal of a relationship between the Mandelbrot set and fundamental physics, which, if it pans out, would be quite revolutionary! On the other hand, as an entry to this video contest, your video suffers by being only a "teaser" of things that are to come or are to be found elsewhere... so it is a little bit of a let down...

The rating I will leave now to your video reflects these mixed feelings about your entry, but as 10 is the magical number of votes to be even considered for the finals, it is a small boost nevertheless.

Good luck in the contest, and better luck still in your ambitious research program!

Marc

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:03 GMT
Thanks Marc,

I greatly appreciate the thoughtful comments. I also know that my video is unfinished, or just a teaser, so I hope the more to come works out well.

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Norman D. Cook wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 04:25 GMT
Dear Jonathan!

Okay, I'm hooked. Tell me more.

I guess I remain, in general, a skeptic with regard to deducing physics from mathematics (but not vice versa)… but your video makes a good case for starting with the sophisticated simplicity of Mandelbrot.

Well done!

Norman

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:07 GMT
Hello Norman,

I sent something to your e-mail at Kansai which I hope your received. I enjoyed your video a lot, and hope it does well. I wish everyone could see what you have to tell us about Quantum Nucleodynamics. So I hope a few people who come hear will click on the link above.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Member Antony Garrett Lisi wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 08:55 GMT
Upvoted.

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:09 GMT
Thank you greatly Garrett,

I uplifted your score a bit too, and you deserve every point!

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Cristinel Stoica wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 10:06 GMT
Hi Jonathan,

Nice introduction and preview of your work in progress. I am looking forward to see the rest. Good luck with the contest. You watched one of my videos already, but if you have time, I would appreciate if you will watch and rate my other one, The puzzle of quantum reality.

Best regards,

Cristi

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:11 GMT
The best is yet to come!

But I thank you for your kind remarks Cristi. Your videos are wonderful, and I hope they do very well. I still have to rate the other. Also I wish good luck to your son.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Joe Fisher wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 14:28 GMT
Dear Jonathan,

Thank you ever so much for rating my video and for your amusing comment about its musical quality. All of my previous comments about your video seem to have disappeared from this site and perhaps that was for the best.

Joe Fisher

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:12 GMT
Thank you Joe,

You present us with a bit of a conundrum, but at least you make people think for themselves, rather than being a puppet for other people's abstractions.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



William De Rocco wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 14:40 GMT
An interesting video, Jonathan. I'd love to hear in more detail exactly what conclusions you can draw from the the Mandelbrot set with regards to the structure of the universe. A self-similar structure on small scales? Keep me posted!

Also, it would be really great if you could take the time to watch our video "What is Supersymmetry?" and rate it. Thanks so much.

Will+Katie

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:14 GMT
I shall try to keep you informed..

And I did get to see your wonderful video. Well have to see what images bleed through the paper, at the end.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Turil Sweden Cronburg wrote on Sep. 12, 2014 @ 17:41 GMT
I borrowed an evil Window's computer so I could look at the video list and rate things!

Your video was definitely more fun and friendly than many of the others, and was very intriguing to me personally, though I'm not sure it really fits the goals of this particular contest.

Thanks for sharing it, though!

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:17 GMT
I am glad it pleased you Turil..

And I do completely understand and I agree it is not a finished work, presenting the Physics of my theory, but only a prelude to make people aware I've had important work in progress.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 12, 2014 @ 21:13 GMT
Jonathan,

Congratulations on getting your 10th community vote! The last part of my trilogy "This Is Physics" has been stuck at 9 votes for a few days, and since you left a comment (and presumably a vote) on part 2, I am trying my luck with you! The last part of my video deals with the incompatibility of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, and lists some of the open questions (but by no means all) that Physics will have to tackle in the future. I hope you enjoy it! Here's the direct link:

Physics Into Darkness

Thank you, and good luck in the contest!

Marc

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:18 GMT
I shall try to see both of your remaining videos..

And again, I thank you for your kind regard Marc.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Raghottam Manoj Sattigeri wrote on Sep. 23, 2014 @ 13:10 GMT
You have done a great job!!!

Please go through my video also and rate it and give me your valuable suggestions... The topic of my video is - PHYSICS THE ODYSSEY...

Regards

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 01:20 GMT
Thank you Raghottam,

I am happy my video pleased you, and I enjoyed yours. I wish you well and good luck in the contest!

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Teresa Mendes wrote on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 03:03 GMT
well done. incredible images. I want to see more.

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 03:55 GMT
Thanks Teresa,

You would like my companion Music Video:

Mandelbrot Butterfly Safari

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Sorana Dana Stoica wrote on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 06:01 GMT
Dear sir,

I like fractals, and I liked your video about this.

Best regards,

Victor A universe in a cup of water

Bookmark and Share


Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Sep. 26, 2014 @ 19:28 GMT
Thank you Victor,

I liked your video too.

All the Best,

Jonathan

Bookmark and Share



Vad S Bobrovski wrote on Sep. 27, 2014 @ 12:02 GMT
Hi Jonathan,

I liked your video and thank you for your support.

We can perform something joint, cooperation regarding Vlasov's view.

Best

Vad

Bookmark and Share



Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Please enter your e-mail address:
Note: Joining the FQXi mailing list does not give you a login account or constitute membership in the organization.