Benoit Mandelbrot is, imho, the biggest genius of the XXth century and our time. His work has already technologically changed our world (CGI, cell phone antennas, processors shapes, unerstanding stock market krachs, etc.). But the day, the philosophy, the epistemology, behind his work is understood, the day, the “language of nature” that Mandelbrot taught us, is understood, this day, the world will be a lot more peaceful.
Back in February 2009, I wrote that the celebrity I would love most to meet was Benoit Mandelbrot. I could partially fullfill that dream almost exactly one year ago (on the Sunday 24th of October 2009). While he was in Paris to present the amazing movie Fractals: Hunting the hidden dimension I got the privilege to talk to Benoit Mandelbrot on the phone. I have never posted about that because the talk was quite personal but I guess I will someday. For now, I can say for sure that Benoit Mandelbrot was a great man with an amazing kindness and a very nice sense of humor. He was so kind to tell me to call him after I sent him an email. And on the phone, when I asked him why he was not giving more conferences, he answered me : “you know, I am old, most people think I am already dead.”
Well before that encounter I grew up reading Mandelbrot’s books, among them “The Fractal Geometry of Nature”. Prof. Mandelbrot, I already miss you.
About memories, here is a best of the posts I wrote about fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot, chaos and controls. The first article was a short portrait of Mandelbrot where I campaigned for him to have the Nobel Prize in ALL categories : economy, physics, medecine (biology), chemistry, and even litterature and peace.
If you wish to pay a tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot, please, feel free to do so in the comments.
Children making a snow battle under a magnificient fractal tree.
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A symposium specific to a tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique on the 17th and 18th of March 2011. Entrance is free but upon registration : [http://events.polytechnique.fr/accueil/hommage-a-benoit-mandelbrot/] Ti...
A symposium specific to a tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot will take place at the Ecole Polytechnique on the 17th and 18th of March 2011. Entrance is free but upon registration : http://events.polytechnique.fr/accueil/hommage-a-benoit-mandelbrot/ Titl...