Season 36, Episode 4 Hunting the Hidden Dimension

First Aired: October 28, 2008

An examination of fractal geometry, a field of mathematics based on the intricate patterns found in nature, art, science and even the human heart beat. Included: mathematicians seeking to uncover the rules that govern fractals; the "Father of Fractals," Benoit Mandelbrot; people who have used fractals to generate advances in their chosen fields, including Pixar Animation Studios cofounder Loren Carpenter and Boston cardiologist Ary Goldberger, who discovered fractals in heartbeats.

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