This excellent DVD features three mind-expanding films on fractals, mathematics and the observable universe! Colours of Infinity - Presented by Arthur C Clarke, this film delves into the wonderful world of the Mandelbrot set and fractal geometry; a discovery that could only have been realised with advanced computers, without which they could never be seen. A simple mathematical formula has led to amazing uses in all branches of science, medicine, computer graphics, weather reporting and analysis, geography, topography and even economics. Clouds Are Not Spheres - this film tells the story of the life and work of Benoit Mandelbrot. A great innovator and discoverer of the Mandelbrot set and fractal geometry, Mandelbrot is a highly regarded maverick mathematician. Is God A Number? This film is a fascinating account of the science of mathematics and its connection to mind and consciousness. Presented by Michael Barnsley and featuring Sir Roger Penrose, the film looks at the mystery of consciousness, whilst exploring the links between mathematics, mind, and the physical, observable universe.
About the Actor
Sri Lankabhimanya Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, written in collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, a collaboration which also produced the film of the same name; and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941 to 1946, proposed satellite communication systems in 1945 which won him the Franklin Institute Stuart Ballantine Gold Medal in 1963. He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947 to 1950 and again in 1953. Later, he helped fight for the preservation of lowland gorillas. He won the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science in 1961. Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving, and lived there until his death. He was knighted by the United Kingdom in 1998, and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.