Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of the “fractal” concept, has died of cancer at the age of 85. His death was reported at BBC News.
His biography can be found at MacTutor.
I forgot to put in any information on fractals when I wrote this up. You can refer to mathworld.wolfram.cim. The first fractal conceived of is the Cantor Set. Also of interest is the Sierpinski space filling curve.
I don’t really know very much about about either fractals or Mandelbrot. But to me it appears that the best posting on the death appearing at wordpress is at Paul Barsch’s blog. The best blog posting that I have seen elsewhere is by Rudy Rucker.
A good exposition of the definitions of the Julia and Mandelbrot sets, the best known of all fractals, appears in Chapter 4 of the on-line course on Complex Analysis at fullerton.edu.
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