# Celebrating Benoit Mandelbrot, the Man Who Made Math Beautiful

The Famous, Influential Mandelbrot Set Wikipedia

As modern mathematicians go, few were better known or more celebrated than Benoit Mandelbrot. The father of fractals died late last week at age 85, prompting reflection on his contributions to geometry and our understanding of natural phenomena.

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Mandelbrot wrote mathematical formulas that help explain nature, supplementing the cold, sharp angles of basic Euclidian geometry with fantastic spirals, asymmetric tendrils and repeating bubbles. With his formulas, complex structures like coastlines could be explained with a little neat math.

In the intro to his book “The Fractal Geometry of Nature,” he asks, “Why is geometry often described as cold and dry? One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain or a tree.”

In fractal shapes — which Mandelbrot coined from the Latin word fractus, or “broken” — each part mimics the pattern of the whole. Magnifying each part reveals ever more complexity, repeating in an infinite cycle.

The Mandelbrot set is basically a set of complex numbers, which belong to one side of an equation or not. Images can be made by assigning colors to each number. Mandelbrot completed his first fractal visualization at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York in 1980. His work was perfectly suited to the nascent world of computers, but it helped us understand natural phenomena better than ever.

Mandelbrot showed that very simple formulas can yield extraordinarily complex results. Fractals can be used to model everything from broccoli heads and mammalian brains to stock markets and the distribution of galaxies.

Here’s a collection of some stunning fractal images in honor of the late Mandelbrot. Click the thumbnails to launch the gallery.

Mandlebrot is a modern day prophet. He has proved that nature in essence is 'god'.

Through Mandelbrot and his work with fractals, I was able to see the beauty in mathematics and how it can coincided with nature. Plus they're super trippy. Good man.

We remember when CG using fractals got traction in the 80's:
http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2010/Home/October/Week4/RDMHomeOct1810.htm#Mandelbrot

...pretty amazing to see all that has been done with it since.

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My math teacher had a poster with a bunch of these patterns. I had no idea what the heck they were until i saw this post. But I stared into their depths for what seemed like forever. These things are suped duper tight :D
Oh, and @aware_one, this just proves that God is a complex, beautiful, and powerful creator. Nature cannot create itself. Something can not come from nothing.
and @dtukdryjryk, NO ONE WANTS YOUR SPAM!!!!

Spot on aware_one.

this just goes to show all of nature is numbers, their is nothing we can't do with math, physics or science

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