Saturday, October 16, 2010

Benoît Mandelbrot Is Dead

Another major French mathematician, Benoît Mandelbrot, has died.


FrédéricLN said...

I read in the news that he used to live in Cambridge, Ma. Were you by chance acquainted with him?

I was a student by these times when microcomputers and fractal shapes arrived on the intellectual stage - and on the campus. It was a ray of hope for all of us who did not feel "l'analyse (mathématique)" or "la mécanique (en physique)" (I don't know the right names in English) to look like the real world.

Actually, I used percolation (and phase transitions) much more than fractals. But percolation and fractals have been connected since then, and as far as I remember, by Stanislav Smirnov (who won a Fields medal in 2010). So, thank you and goodbye, Mr Mandelbrot.

Unknown said...

Apparently he was in Cambridge when he died, but I never met him.