Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Mandelbrot Set

Benoit Mandelbrot

20-Nov-1924 Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Gender: Male Religion:
Jewish Occupation: Mathematician

Benoit Mandelbrot is a Polish-born French mathematician best known as the father of fractal geometry. In addition to coining the term "fractal" to describe objects and surfaces which are irregular at various dimensions of scale, he also introduced such concepts as "fractal dimensions" and the particular fractal known as the Mandelbrot set, frequently represented with the mathematical formula z -> z^2 + c . Mandelbrot joined an IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1958, and remained with the company ever since, eventually becoming first an IBM Fellow, and then a Fellow Emeritus. He is currently a Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences Emeritus with Yale University.

Mandelbrot means "almond bread" in German..........................

The Torah is a fractal because, as the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot explained, each small portion can be viewed as a reduced scale replica of the whole.

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