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Famed mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, father of fractal geometry, dead at 85

Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 2009

Benoit Mandelbrot, whose pioneering work on fractal geometry made him one of the few modern mathematicians to approach widespread fame, died October 14 at the age of 85. The cause, his wife told The New York Times, was pancreatic cancer. Mandelbrot coined the term "fractal" in 1975 to describe irregular shapes in nature and in [...]

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20th-Century Math Hidden in 15th-Century Art


Art and science are often thought of as disparate entities, drawing on different strengths and different ways of thinking. This is surely true, but the disciplines also share patterns of thought and essential characteristics. Take, for example, their inherently collaborative processes. No artist creates in a vacuum just as no scientists could perform the work [...]

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