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Benoit Mandelbrot Dies

Benoit Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010)

Cesaro as quoted by Benoit Mandelbrot on limits in Koch Curves and fractals:

The will is infinite
and the execution confined
The desire is boundless
and the act a slave to limit.

From Mandelbrot’s seminal book on fractal geometry “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” (1982). This book has more digressions and quotations than any other book I think.

Mandelbrot was not like Feynman for me, not the kinds I could call a childhood hero, but the kind of person I liked more and more as I grew up. I was extremely saddened by the news of his demise today morning.

RIP!

As a tribute to Mandelbrot and his immense contribution. I would highly recommend this extremely wonderful PBS documentary.

[Click on the Image to Play]

If for some reason the above does not work – check the documentary out on googlevideo.

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Links:

New York Times Obituary

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