The father of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot, is dead

Posted in Change in Science, Complexity, fractal, Maths, News Science, Philosophy of Science, Society by e1saman on October 17, 2010

Benoit MandelbrotThe mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot who developed the geometrical shapes, fractal, died at the age of 85 years.

The French and American nationality, Mandelbrot, named and developed the fractal theory as a mathematical way to capture the infinite complexity of nature.

Fractals are used for measuring natural phenomena, that were regarded as non-measurable, such as clouds or coastlines. These discoveries have applications in many fields such as geology, medicine, astronomy, mechanical engineering, but also economics and anatomy.

According to his family, Benoît Mandelbrot died in Cambridge, Massachusetts from pancreatic cancer.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a statement paid tribute to the great mathematician, “a strong spirit, authentic, never hesitated to make innovations and to fight against established views.

Benoît Mandelbrot was born in Warsaw on November 20, 1924, in a Jewish family of Lithuanian origin. To escape the Nazi threat fled to France with his family, and then moved to the United States after the Second World War.

A very good video about fractals and Mandelbrot


“He Gave Us Order Out of Chaos” — R.I.P. Benoît Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

Benoit Mandelbrot on Risk, Efficient Markets, and Bachelier


Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness

Mandelbrot Set

Introduction to the Mandelbrot Set

Mandelbrot Set

Mandelbrot Set Zoom

The Mandelbrot Set

Mu-Ency – The Encyclopedia of the Mandelbrot Set

3D Mandelbrot fractal

Mandelbrot set Tools

Julia and Mandelbrot Set Explorer

Mandelbrot Applet

The Mandelbrot Set

Zoomable Mandelbrot Fractal


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  1. ZeroSum Ruler said, on October 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve been searching for years (on and off, of course) for a simple way to teach algebra students about fractals. My students know about imaginary numbers, which, in my limited understanding of fractals, I read are part of creating fractals. If there an algebra activity anywhere that kids can do to create a fractal- albeit simple!- on graph paper?

    • e1saman said, on October 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Actually I would assume that IFS is a superset of all the others, but then again that is just an opinion…

      • ZeroSum Ruler said, on October 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm


      • e1saman said, on October 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

        Iterated function System,
        If you are not into maths, the whole idea of making fractals is to feed the output of a process back to the process as input. This is the idea of iteration and if you repeat that many times you have a ‘chaotic’ behavior. The process should not be very very simple (what mathematicians call linear).

  2. simemis me said, on October 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Great collection of references! Btw, I’ve found a poll here ( that divides fractals in “types”. But is speaking of clusters and types correct in this case?

  3. […] As Benoit Mandelbrot wrote in his late book about the Stock Market “The (mis)behavior of the Stock Market” the challenge is to predict the misbehavior of the market in the days of the crisis… RIP […]

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