IBM and http://IBMblr.Tumblr.com celebrate the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal Pioneer. In this final interview shot by filmmaker Erol Morris, Mandelbrot shares his love for mathematics and how it led him to his wondrous discovery of fractals. His work lives on today in many innovations in science, design, telecommunications, medicine, renewable energy, film (special effects), gaming (computer graphics) and more.

Category: Mathematics, Quantitative, Video

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One Response to “Benoît Mandelbrot, Father of Fractals”

  1. jib10 says:

    Needing access to a large data set, Mandelbrot’s early work was in a cotton market where he had over 100 years of daily price changes. He found that price changes in markets did not follow a Gaussian distribution but a Lévy distribution. He published this in 1960 where it was promptly ignored by economist who went on to give pseudo-Nobel’s to people who used Gaussian distributions as the basis of their works.

    Mandelbrot’s “The Misbehavior of Markets” is on my required reading list when ever anyone asks me for help with their investments.