# Fractal Simplicity

Here’s **a** reason that I like Dave Winer.

In his latest post he wrote about a guy he wants to work with. Did not name him.

Clicked through and found a twitter account. I followed.

About 6 tweets down there is a reference to Fractals - you will recall that Fractals are things that I like and think about in terms of business analogies.

This is that Fractal reference : Fractals and Stories.

Wholly Mohly - dont you just love it when something as complex as The Mandelbrot set is explained in three paragraphs. (Caveat - the post is a lot longer than three paragraphs - but is support for the basic premise:

- Take a grid, like graph paper, that’s labeled with an x and y axis. Draw a circle that’s 4 units wide, centered at x = 0, y = 0. Put a bead somewhere in the circle and mark its starting x and y. Now move it according to this formula:

Find the square of its present x position, subtract the square of its y position, and add the original x position.

*Slide it to that value on the x axis.*Double its present x times its present y, and add the original y.

*Move the bead to that point on the y axis.*Repeat.

** If the bead doesn’t leave the circle before you get bored, leave the dot where it started. If it does leave the circle, erase it. Then try with another starting point.**

**UPDATE :: Jonathon Coulton is the ex Yahoo Troubadour who provides this little ditty about Fractals and The Mandelbrot set. Not sure whether I am more surprised that there is a song about Fractals - or that Yahoo employed a Troubadour !!!**