Saturday, November 01, 2008

Go Fractals!

In his blog, roscivs mentions a Go project he's working on.
My program is intended to help practice these “life and death” shapes in an incremental way, by memorizing simple shapes first, then memorizing what moves lead to those simple shapes, then memorizing more and more moves incrementally until one can simply see, at a glance, the correct move.

This got me thinking. Go problems/games are an awful lot like fractals. Fractals are often used in Chaos Theory. This is an example of a Mandelbrot fractal:

The game of go, while technically having a finite number of moves, could basically be described as a fractal of infinite possibility. It's pretty incredible, if you think about it.

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