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    Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11560101

    Benoit Mandelbrot, who discovered mathematical shapes known as
    fractals, has died of cancer at the age of 85.

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    Re: Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

    Thanks for the news Lance,

    cancer is such a terrible end
    But I think Mr. Mandelbrot can be happy, I think fractals are still very popular topic today, and with lot of applications.


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    Re: Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP


    My Botanic Tribute to Mandelbrot:
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    Re: Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

    [font=courier new][size=8pt]I admired him and what he did.

    So far, no scientific genius has been able to solve the problem of his own aging body. If one did, how much science could he then do?
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    Re: Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

    for those who like history and memory , download the first article from scientific american august 1985 which makes fractals popular(DIY Fractals: Exploring the Mandelbrot Set on a Personal Computer)) by A. K. Dewdney from here full for free as PDF:
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...mandelbrot-set


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    Re: Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP

    [font=courier new][size=8pt]At the limit, as the number of iterations approaches infinity, both the Sierpinski triangle, and the Sierpinski pyramid are composed only of line segments (and lines have zero width in 2D, and zero radius in 3D). So, the (finished, --> i.e., infinity of iterations) Sierpinski triangle has zero area, and the (finished) Sierpinski pyramid has zero volume. If you look at the pictures of the Sierpinski pyramids (at the link below), you realize that the amount of material required to construct a finished Sierpinski pyramid, is zero. (Maybe you already knew this, but, it's still interesting, yes?)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierpinski_triangle
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