A tribute to Benoît B. MandelbrotOctober 20, 2010
Polish-born mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot died on Thursday, October 14. He was best known for his development of the field of fractal geometry, which allows the quantification of complex natural shapes, such as the contours of clouds and coastlines. Mandelbrot left his mark on far more than the field of mathematics: his innovation led to methods that revolutionized fields as wide-ranging as medicine, geology, economics, engineering, and cosmology. The New York Times obituary of Mandelbrot is in its October 16th edition.