Like fractals? Want to know more about them? The Wolfram Fractals Reference App is a handy reference you can take with you wherever you go. It's great whether you're covering fractals in your math course or just want to explore the beautiful shapes and structures of fractals and the math behind them.
- Choose from both common fractals and more unusual types
- Visualize the Sierpiński gasket, the Koch snowflake, and the Mandelbrot set, as well as over 40 other fractals
- Input parameters to customize your fractal type
- Learn the rules behind the fractal construction
- Explore hundreds of possibilities, including line and shape replacement fractals, space-filling curves, Blancmange function, Mandelbrot and Julia sets, and 3D fractals
The Wolfram Fractals Reference App is powered by the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine and is created by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica—the world's leading software system for mathematical research and education.
The Wolfram Fractals Reference App draws on the computational power of Wolfram|Alpha's supercomputers over a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi connection.
- Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
I can enter the real and imaginary coordinates and see the point within (or without) the Mandelbrot set. But I cannot move around in the set to look at other points.
Nothing more than suggested queries for Wolfram Alpha
I naively expected this to be more like an interactive CDF notebook and less like a thematic bundle of Wolfram Alpha example queries. I guess I should have been able to infer from the description text where it says that it requires an Internet connection, but It didn't seem obvious to me at the time.
Between (hopefully coming real soon) CDF on the iPad and opportunistic augmentation from Wolfram Alpha, Wolfram has all the pieces to make for a phenomenal interactive exploration of fractals or almost any other mathematical or scientific subject. But selling barely dressed up Wolfram Alpha sample queries makes the Alpha team look too desperate to monetize on their own while missing the even more fantastic big picture possibilities here.
A Missed Opportunity
Being a longtime admirer of the absolute beauty of fractals, as well as a huge fan of Wolphram Research's revolutionary products, I'm truly amazed at the unrealized potential in this app. It is essentially just a static list of fractal-related queries for Wolfram|Alpha, and as such if your phone has a browser and/or the standalone Alpha app, you already have more than what this app provides! I expected at least a bit of local documentation on fractals, or even each fractal's MathWorld page placed alongside the Alpha result, but instead all one is given is the exact same page you might get if you query "cantor set 10 iterations". Also, it's understandable that Alpha can't be accessed while a phone is offline, but really, no offline functionality for the app at all? Very disappointing.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.