Benoît B. Mandelbrot, R.I.P.

Benoît Mandelbrot, Entdecker der fraktalen Mandelbrot-Menge, ist am 14. Oktober 2010 in Cambridge an den Folgen von Bauchspeicheldrüsenkrebs im Alter von 85 Jahren gestorben. Martin hat die Doku „Hunting the hidden Dimension“, TED hat einen seiner Vorträge.

Von der New York Times: Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85.

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed an innovative theory of roughness and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields, died on Thursday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85.

His death was caused by pancreatic cancer, his wife, Aliette, said. He had lived in Cambridge.

Dr. Mandelbrot coined the term “fractal” to refer to a new class of mathematical shapes whose uneven contours could mimic the irregularities found in nature.

(Vimeo Direktfractals, via Kottke, Laughing Squid, Martin)