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Colours Of Infinity / Clouds Are Not Spheres / Is God A Number (Music by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd) [DVD]

Arthur C. Clarke , David Gilmour , Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Arthur C. Clarke, David Gilmour, Benoit Mandelbrot, Michael Barnsley, Sir Roger Penrose
  • Directors: Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Blue Dolphin Film and Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W668SK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind massage 7 Jan 2008
I'd seen "Colours" through a friend when it came out - mainly because it had some new David Gilmour music! Chaos theory wasn't that prevalent then so it was, literally, an eye-opener. Big ideas, expressed simply.
"Clouds" and "God" are not as, er, Rock n Roll but as another reviewer says you can return to them again and again. In a strange way they're like old TV documentaries, before MTV and a world of fast-cuts. These films use talking heads, talking knowledgably and clearly about Big Stuff. I'm not a mathematician or have any scientific inclination but, if you can spare the time, do yourself a favour and turn off the phone and exercise your grey matter with these films.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the outer limits of so-called reality 3 Jan 2008
Fractals are the mathematics and geometry of the real, fuzzy, imprecise world of trees and clouds. The beautiful and beguiling visual representation of fractals as they flow, ever-changing, into infinity in these films present us with images of the great paradox of the physical universe. As Arthur C. Clarke knows so well, we are creatures with one foot in the finite and the other in the infinite, and the mathematics of fractals and chaos seem to give us a bridge between the two.

What all three of the most excellent and iconic documentaries on this disc make clear is that we do not have to travel into outer space to get a glimpse of the infinite. It's right here, right now, in the shape of the clouds, trees, waterfalls. All the scientists, mathematicians and writers that the director Nigel Gordon asks to explain these apparently difficult topics make it very clear that we don't have to understand higher maths to get what they are on about.

And then there's the chill-out fractal movie - a timeless and soothing way into infinity complete with music by David Gilmour by Pink Floyd. What more could you ask?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowingly awesome 4 Jan 2008
I'm working my way through the trilogy and, whilst I might not 'get' it all yet, it's mind blowingly awesome. The bits that are beyond my comprehension for now are eased and soothed by the beautiful imagery and, of course, the legendary and unmistakeable sounds of Pink Floyds' David Gilmour.

Who'd have thought maths could be like this.

Give us some more!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply stunning 6 Jan 2008
this trilogy is a mathematical mind storm - i am a little biased as i was involved in the making of the first one -but i am always amazed by the delighted response i get from people who have seen it.

It is really is an insight into the way nature operates -and a great pioneer in the 'What the bleep do we know' genre...

Bill Rood -the guy who wrote the fractal software is a mathematical genius and Nigel Gordon adds enough 'rock'n'roll mystique to keep the scientific heads a bopping -the formula is a winner and will always be a great turn on for years to come

A highly recommended DVD for your collection
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M-set and match 11 Jan 2011
"The Colours of Infinity" is by now a classic fusion of art and science, and so is worthy of its subject- the Mandelbrot set. Presented by the unique Arthur C. Clarke, and with a cast that includes the late Mandelbrot himself, like the fractal patterns it explores the film expands from a simple equation into infinitely interesting questions. These are probed with a humane mixture of aesthetics and maths. There will be something here for every viewer, and after all the topic is universality. I recommend Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon's film entirely. As does the M-set, the film demands that we take a fresh look around us. Perhaps there is no higher aim for a film looking at visualization, or for that matter any film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see film experience 8 Jan 2008
this collection about the clours of infinity are such a mind opener and beautifully put together , anyone at all interested in subjects like this should definately see these films, they are quite extraodinary and really explain a complicated subject with grace and literally amazing images and #the music by david gilmour also wonderful. cant rate these films highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absorbing Trilogy 6 Jan 2008
The first time I saw Colours of Infinity I was completely blown away,
having seen an exhibition of the Mandelbrot fractals some years earlier
but without realising their entire significance.
It pulls together the mystical and the mathematical, art, nature and science
into a simple mathematical formula producing infinite patterns of beauty
and psychedelia which can be revealed in the everyday world and indeed
the observable universe.
It doesn't answer `Why' the universe works but comes pretty close to a possible
theory of `How' and has since become a cult classic.
The following 2 films of the trilogy are a bit more sedate and considerably
more cerebral, especially `Is God a Number'. These are not movies that
you simply watch, enjoy and forget. You will watch them many times over,
digest something new with each viewing and never see the world
in quite the same way again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars If only...
With the advent of Blu-ray and HD, picture quality has come a long way in recent years. This is not in that league, hence the 3 stars. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Josie
3.0 out of 5 stars I only bought it for the David Gilmour music
Found it difficult to get all the way through this documentary even when the music was by David Gilmour. Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. Perham
2.0 out of 5 stars not bad
must have had a brainstorm when ordering this,dont know what i was thinking ,not relly my cup of tea,dont know what else to say
Published 15 months ago by stephen taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars The Colours of Infinity
This series spans tens years, and is a series of three one off episodes, broadcast on various television channels, but combined, makes for an interesting series about Fractal... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. E. Billing
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos.

A very accessible account of the subject of fractals and chaos theory told through the people at the very heart of the subject's invention and... Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by Kubemaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Colours of Infinity
Item arrived safely and promptly. I am very pleased to get a DVD of Colours of Infinity as my earlier Video is now dated technology. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by ESAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Fractal World
This collection of films about the world of Mandelbrot's Fractals brilliantly explores the visual and philosophical implications of this new area of mathematics. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2008 by Alan E. Senior
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