Brilliant mathematician and the father of fractals, Benoît Mandelbrot, died on Thursday, October 14th at the age of 85.

If you take the beginning and the end, I have had a conventional career… But it was not a straight line between the beginning and the end. It was a very crooked line.

Watch his TED talk from February of 2010: Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness, the NOVA special on fractals (with Mandelbrot interview), and read his tribute in The New York Times.

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A terrible loss.

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Ironically, now matter how much you zoom in or out, he still looks dead.

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