Saturday, October 16, 2010

RIP Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

I can't yet find an article to confirm this (though it's mentioned on a couple of blogs and private websites), but it appears that the mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot (as in the Mandelbrot set, among other things) died on Thursday.

2010 has been a really bad year for dynamical systems (and allied subjects---fractals and related phenomena, in this case). We've lost so many big names this year.

(Tip of the cap to Jeremy Corbett.)

Update: The New York Times has now posted a proper obituary. Also see the blurb in Wired.

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