It was a sad day for Mathematics over the weekend, the visionary Benoit Mandelbrot died of cancer aged 85 years. Many people may not recognise his name but they will certainly recognise the fractals he helped to discover. Below is the beautiful Julia set, named after the French Mathematician Gaston Julia. There’s also a Mandelbrot set named after the man himself; it’s actually possible to “zoom in” to the Julia Set from the Mandelbrot set (see the Wikipedia article)…. amazing!
In February 2010, Mandelbrot was invited to speak at Technology, Entertainment, Design. See below for “Fractals and the art of roughness”; a truly inspiring TED talk. RIP Benoit Mandelbrot.