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1 Benoit Mandelbrot on Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:48 am

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It is with some sadness that I can report that Professor Mandelbrot, he of the set of numbers that have plagued mathematics students for years, has died. As a tribute, I am posting a video and lyrics of a song about him!



"Pathological monsters!" cried the terrified mathematician,
"Every one of them is a splinter in my eye!
I hate the Peano Space and the Koch Curve!
I fear the Cantor Ternary Set!
And the Sierpinski Gasket makes me want to cry!"
And a million miles away, a butterfly flapped its wings,
On a cold November day, a man named Benoit Mandelbrot was born.

His disdain for pure mathematics and his unique geometrical insights,
Left him well equipped to face those demons down.
He saw that infinite complexity could be described by simple rules.
He used his giant brain to turn the game around!
And he looked below the storm, and saw a vision in his head
A bulbous pointy form,
He picked his pencil up and he wrote his secret down.

Take a point called Z in the complex plane,
Let Z1 be Z squared plus C.
And Z2 is Z1 squared plus C.
And Z3 is Z2 squared plus C and so on,
If the series of Z's should always stay,
Close to Z and never trend away,
That point is in the Mandelbrot Set.

Mandelbrot Set you're a Rorschach Test on fire,
You're a day-glo pterodactyl.
You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire,
You're one badass fucking fractal.
And you're just in time to save the day,
Sweeping all our fears away.
You can change the world in a tiny way.

Mandelbrot's in heaven, at least he will be when he's dead,
Right now he's still alive and teaching math at Yale.
He gave us order out of chaos, he gave us hope where there was none,
And his geometry succeeds where others fail.
If you ever lose your way, a butterfly will flap its wings,
From a million miles away, a little miracle will come to take you home.

Just take a point called Z in the complex plane,
Let Z1 be Z squared plus C.
And Z2 is Z1 squared plus C.
And Z3 is Z2 squared plus C and so on,
If the series of Z's should always stay,
Close to Z and never trend away,
That point is in the Mandelbrot Set.
Mandelbrot Set you're a Rorschach Test on fire,
You're a day-glo pterodactyl.
You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire,
You're one badass fucking fractal.
And you're just in time to save the day,
Sweeping all our fears away.
You can change the world in a tiny way,
And you're just in time to save the day!
Sweeping all our fears away,
You can change the world in a tiny way.
Go on change the world in a tiny way,
Come on change the world in a tiny way...


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2 Re: Benoit Mandelbrot on Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:24 am

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So basically speaking he made fractals what they are today?

Rest in peace BenoƮt Mandlebrot.

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3 Re: Benoit Mandelbrot on Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:37 am

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I really don't understand any of it, but if someone's good enough to be proclaimed a 'day-glo pterodactyl', that's high praise in my view.

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4 Re: Benoit Mandelbrot on Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:32 pm

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Things are now much, much worse. As The Count will most likely report in the next few minutes, veteran actor, Tom Bosley has died from heart failure, aged 85.

He is - of course - best known for Happy Days, Father Dowling Investigates and Murder; She Wrote.


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5 Re: Benoit Mandelbrot on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:54 pm

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Yes, Beaver's Mom the other day, Ritchie's Dad today... sad, sad, sad.

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6 Re: Benoit Mandelbrot on Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:00 am

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Oh, the actor for those Father Dowling mysteries thingo is dead? Shame.

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