R.I.P. Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010) was a mathematician who unleashed the curious (and truly mind-altering) possibilities of fractal geometry. While I’m certainly not a mathematician, you don’t have to be to appreciate the possibilities of what Professor Mandelbrot brought to our world. Fractals are visible everywhere, from snowflakes to broccoli to maple leaves. It’s a subtle beauty of the universe that once you know to look for, you see everywhere.

While you don’t see Mandelbrot sets such as the one above every day, you can see fractals in virtually everything. Dr. Mandelbrot helped us see them a little more clearly.


H/T Boing Boing.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.