Saturday, October 16, 2010

Benoit Mandelbrot Joins the Imaginary Numbers

The mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot has died. Here is the NY Times obituary.

Here's a lecture he gave at a TED conference in Feb 2010:

I remember attending a lecture of his at the University of British Columbia in the 1980s. What I remember most was his enthusiasm and his curious and interesting examples from his mathematics.

Update 2010oct17: Here is an article Remembering Benoit Mandelbrot by the mathematician Rudy Rucker. It is a reminiscence of going to Mandelbrot's house in 2001 to talk about helping put together an IMAX film on fractals. It has some nice graphics and a video clip touring a quintic Mandelbrot set.

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