Great Inventor Dies

There are very, very few people who invent truly new shapes and ideas that come mainstream and change the way people think within their own lifetime.  However, Benoit Mandelbrot (who died last Thursday) can be said to be one of these very, very few.  He both named and created the field of fractal mathematics.

Whilst he didn’t discover the basic maths of fractals, he found an obscure, almost unknown concept of exploring the world between two dimensions and three dimensions and showed its fundamental role in the fabric of the universe.

Wikipedia has a great entry on what both fractals and Mandelbrot’s other work have done for mathematics.

Benoit Mandlebrot RIP


Powers of Ten

I have always been intrigued by numbers and dates – and on Sunday we passed the memorable date of 10/10/10 – which works which ever side of the Atlantic you live on!

Thank you, Sebastian, for reminding me of the clear, succinct and beautifully conveyed video “Powers of Ten” — the classic nine-minute film made for IBM by the legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames in 1977.

As intended with all Thursday Thoughts, this one really makes you think!

More on the story from IBM at:

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