Benoit Mandelbrot
Polishborn French and American mathematician and polymath
Lived from: 1924  2010
Category: Scientists
Born: 20 november 1924 Died: 15 october 2010
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A cloud is made of billows upon billows upon billows that look like clouds. As you come closer to a cloud you don't get something smooth, but irregularities at a smaller scale.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales...
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
A fractal is by definition a set for which the HausdorffBesicovitch dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension.
Source: The Fractal Geometry of Nature― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Although computer memory is no longer expensive, there's always a finite size buffer somewhere. When a big piece of news arrives, everybody sends a message to everybody else, and the buffer fills.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Being a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also, among other things, to seduce.
Source: Fractals : Form, chance and dimension― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.
Source: The Fractal Geometry of Nature― Benoit Mandelbrot 
For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.
Source: Lecture at the University of Maryland (March 2005)― Benoit Mandelbrot 
For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Fractal geometry is not just a chapter of mathematics, but one that helps Everyman to see the same world differently.
Source: The Fractal Geometry of Nature― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Given the profits he and Pharaoh must have made, one might call Joseph the first international arbitrageur.
Source: The (Mis)Behavior of Markets Ch. 10, p. 201 (A reference to Genesis 41:48â€“49,― Benoit Mandelbrot 
If you have a hammer, use it everywhere you can, but I do not claim that everything is fractal.
Source: As quoted in Fractal Finance by Greg Phelan in Yale Economic Review (Fall 2005)― Benoit Mandelbrot 
In a different era, I would have called myself a natural philosopher. All my life, I have enjoyed the reputation of being someone who disrupted prevailing ideas. Now that I'm in my 80th year, I can play on my age and provoke people even more.
Source: New Scientist interview― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough to last for the rest of their lives. They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.
Source: New Scientist interview― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
People want to see patterns in the world. It is how we evolved. We descended from those primates who were best at spotting the telltale pattern of a predator in the forest, or of food in the savannah. So important is this skill that we apply it everywhere, warranted or not.
Source: The (Mis)Behavior of Markets Ch. 12, p. 245― Benoit Mandelbrot 
Smooth shapes are very rare in the wild but extremely important in the ivory tower and the factory.
― Benoit Mandelbrot 
The Mandelbrot set covers a small space yet carries a large number of different implications. Is it a fitting epitaph? Absolutely.
Source: New Scientist interview― Benoit Mandelbrot
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