Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

Laughing Squid reports, via John Brockman’s twitter feed and Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s website, that the father of fractal geometry has moved to a different fractional dimension.


  1. #1 Dave, London
    October 16, 2010

    I should point out that this is unconfirmed – no major news organisations have reported this as yet. See talk page on Wikipedia:

  2. #2 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    October 16, 2010

    I don’t think we can take The Edge out of the equation.

  3. #3 Tuco
    October 16, 2010
  4. #4 Mr B
    October 16, 2010

    It was my privilege back in the 1980s to interview both Benoit Mandelbrot and Martin Gardner for articles in the College Math Journal. Mandelbrot was more than happy to participate. His personal story was not yet widely known though fractals had become famous and their images decorated the walls of computer centers and the dorm rooms of math and science students. I got to meet him once at a math conference and he was an overwhelming presence. Mandelbrot was as sure of himself as he could be and his confidence was probably justified. His place in the mathematical panetheon is secure.

    The Mandelbrot interview I conducted is posted on Yale’s website.

  5. #5 Tuco
    October 16, 2010
  6. #6 Don Monroe
    October 16, 2010

    Lots of confirmation by major news organizatons now, such as the New York Times.

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