Thread: Benoît Mandelbrot, 85, Dead
October 16th, 2010, 01:14 PM #1
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Benoît Mandelbrot, 85, Dead
The inventor/discoverer of fractal dimensions:Dr. Mandelbrot traced his work on fractals to a question he first encountered as a young researcher: how long is the coast of Britain? The answer, he was surprised to discover, depends on how closely one looks. On a map an island may appear smooth, but zooming in will reveal jagged edges that add up to a longer coast. Zooming in further will reveal even more coastline.
“Here is a question, a staple of grade-school geometry that, if you think about it, is impossible,” Dr. Mandelbrot told The New York Times earlier this year in an interview. “The length of the coastline, in a sense, is infinite.”In judging a two-person singing contest, never award the prize to the second soprano having heard only the first.
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October 16th, 2010, 01:34 PM #2
When I was very young I played around with a small fractal program and I was really interested in how it works. back then it took the computer nearly 1 minute to draw the image even though it had a very very small resolution.
8 years later I wrote a program that created those images and even though I understand the concept I'm still fascinated.
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Mandelbrot's fractals had definitely an effect on me.
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