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Benoît B. Mandelbrot (1924–2010)

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Science  12 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6006, pp. 926
DOI: 10.1126/science.1199471

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Fractal geometry was created by Benoît B. Mandelbrot nearly 40 years ago, and with the 1982 publication of his seminal book, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature,” its application took off, opening our eyes to patterns in nature on all scales and across diverse disciplines. On 14 October, he died of cancer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He fundamentally and irrevocably changed our view of the world and left us a tool that will continue to unveil nature's most peculiar commonalities that might otherwise be left aside as insignificant.