This equation will change how you see the world

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"Oh cool, the Mandelbrot-Set. I have seen that before."
turns Mandelbrot-Set in 3D
"What the ...?! That's illegal!"

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 12,025


I found this incredibly fascinating... but understood incredibly little.

1 week ago | [YT] | 1,012

Richard Benson

"We don't throw chaos at students"
Not sure where you went to school

1 week ago | [YT] | 281

yvng chrxst666

“ it’s this simple equation “ starts to write klingon

1 week ago | [YT] | 190

Jisper Plomp

6:41 "the *plotwist here..."
Proceeds to turn the plot

6 days ago | [YT] | 293

Austen Alexander

Me: struggles with elementary algebra
Verisatrium: Feigenbaum constant stays relative to the bifurcation diagram
Me: go on

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 6,802


Scientists in the rabbit experiment: "We used the chaos to destroy the chaos!"

4 days ago | [YT] | 111

Just a broke kpop stan

4.669: *exists

Me: ha 69 haha

1 week ago | [YT] | 170


Nikola Tesla said, “If you wish to understand the Universe think of energy, frequency and vibration.“

2 days ago | [YT] | 5

J. Todd

So... basically one of us cracked the code to apparent "random chaos" in whatever code is running this computer simulation we're all living in.

1 week ago | [YT] | 293

Rosita Pochi24

Everyone here were gangsta till he turned the Mandelbrot-set 3D

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 1,765

jonathan denommee

my nose start bleeding while listening to this "Simple Equation"....

1 week ago | [YT] | 26

Ayden Shrib

This equation may change how I view the world, if I were smart enough to understand what the hell you’re saying.

1 week ago | [YT] | 49

Dwi Noval

I don't know what he is talking about but i do really enjoying watching.

1 week ago | [YT] | 197

Entity 01010101010110011110

This man wants me to learn about a universal constant in school and I can't even pass college precalculus.

1 week ago | [YT] | 45

Mason Williams

Me: I don't like math
'sees video '
Me: Math is so interesting

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 6,455


Veritassium: the answer to life the universe and everything, the Feigenbaum constant, 4.669... !
Reddit: nice.

4 days ago | [YT] | 22

Andrei Iusco

Someone should make a sculpture of this thing, will be cool af

3 days ago | [YT] | 5

Andrew W.



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Some kid

I'm glad Veritasium figured out how to reverse ageing it was like by the time the video ended he had more grey hair

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