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RIP: Benoît Mandelbrot 1924-2010

The New York Times reported that Benoît Mandelbrot died on Thursday.

Thanks to Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, I met him. Thanks to an Ig BBQ a couple of years back, debgeisler knows he liked her cookies. Thanks to Ig Photographer Richard Baguley, there's a fabulous photo of Benoit Mandelbrot smiling down at Miss Sweetie Poo. The video has a different angle, but you can see the sheer glow of anticipation in the man's face as he concluded his keynote address at the Igs last year. The whole keynote speech starts at 29:00 minutes in the second segment of the 2009 Ig Nobel Ceremony video and the conclusion and part of his interaction with Miss Sweetie Poo at 5:56 on Improbable TV Collection #129, The Best of Miss Sweetie Poo.

I am saddened by Benoît Mandelbrot's death, and even more saddened by the pancreatic cancer that caused it, I'm also filled with joy at having ever met the man as well as for the beauty and wonder revealed in his life's work. My condolences to this wife, sons, and family, friends, and admirers around the world.

Note: The fabulous Mandelbrot fractal image in my user icon is by Orson Wang.

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le_trombone
Oct. 16th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Crap. I just pulled down his two fractal books (original and update) from my shelves in order to see what had been updated. It's a coincidence I could have done without.
kip_w
Oct. 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
He left the place more beautiful than he found it.
ext_288149
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Thanks to you, I was fortunate to be two degrees of separation from Dr. Mandelbrot. Of course, that hardly compares to having a historical figure like your cookies.
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