Saturday, October 16, 2010

RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

"Mandelbrot's in heaven—at least he will be when he's dead..." --Jonathan Coulton, "Mandelbrot Set"

I hope Mr. Coulton is right. We've lost Benoit Mandelbrot to pancreatic cancer, but his insight into those "pathological monsters" that aren't n-dimensional or (n + 1)-dimensional, but are somewhere in between, will survive at least as long as we do. Thank you, professor.

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