Twenty-five years ago, the Mandelbrot set
was published on the cover of Scientific American
, in connection with an A. K. Dewdney Computer Recreations column. A few days ago, the original Mandelbrot set column
The Mandelbrot set became a rite of passage for anyone programming mathematical images. For me, I was making images on a Mac Plus, and sent some of them out in a zine I was running at the time. As a result, Piers Anthony
asked me to help get fractal images and facts for his Mode series. In the course of this, Piers and I asked for and received permission to use the Mandelbrot set from Benoît himself. "You probably don't need my permission, but I'm happy to grant it to you."