RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

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RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby Talith » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:57 pm UTC

I think that most mathematicians, through their education, meet and then fall in love with fractals and the beauty of the mandelbrot set. It's because of this that I was so saddened to hear that Benoit Mandelbrot, father of fractal geometry died recently at age 85.

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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby Dobblesworth » Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:38 pm UTC

"Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead..."
Sad day. :cry:

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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby andrewxc » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

It may as well be me.
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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:22 am UTC

R.I.P. Benoit Mandelbrot.

You know you're awesome when you have songs about how awesome you are.

Here are some fractal videos I've done.
Rotating nebulabrot fractal.
Regular mandelbrot zoom-thing.
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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby Mike_Bson » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:10 am UTC

RIP. The Mandelbrot Set was, and will always be, my favorite fractal, in it simplicity.

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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby squareroot » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:31 pm UTC

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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby xepher » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:37 pm UTC

Even I'll miss him. His work and other work on fractals helped inspire me to work more in mathematics.

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Re: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

Postby Something Awesome » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:40 pm UTC

xepher wrote:Even I'll miss him. His work and other work on fractals helped inspire me to work more in mathematics.

I think this is his most notable accomplishment: getting more young people excited about math and its beauty. Sure, fractal geometry has all sorts of useful applications, but we wouldn't have those were it not for the generation of mathematicians working on it that he inspired, not to mention all the work done in other branches with fractals as a sort of "gateway math."

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