Saturday, October 16, 2010

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, Father of Fractal Geometry, has Died, Age 85

One of my heroes, one of the greatest scientists of all time, who will no doubt be mentioned in the same breath as Netwon and Einstein, Benoît B. Mandelbrot, has died at age 85. The Mandelbrot set is an image of infinity, and image of the finite -- of the paradoxes that lies at the heart of beauty. It is a shame that such a great mind has to pass -- but, like his Mandelbrot set, though finite in life, he will live on into infinity because of his contributions to knowledge. There are a few people who change the world to such a degree that one can recognize a time before his work, and after. Mandelobrot is one of those great people. RIP
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