Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

I just received this news from Solomon Boulos, that Mandelbrot passed away. Would anyone have discovered this area of math if he hadn’t? Whatever the answer, many of us have whiled away at least a few happy hours rendering 2D and 3D fractals, and Benoit was the one who started it all.

Here are a few links in honor of Mandelbrot. I happened to have these stored away for the blog, time to put them up.

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  1. Dylan’s avatar

    “Would anyone have discovered this area of math if he hadn’t?”
    Not sure if you have seen this, but apparently a monk discovered it in the 1200s
    http://classes.yale.edu/fractals/mandelset/mandelmonk/mandelmonk.html

  2. dbamerso’s avatar

    Well, I’d check the publication date of that article on the monk and maybe do some more research. It’s of questionable veracity.

    dba

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