Benoit Mandelbrot, who discovered mathematical shapes known as fractals, has died of cancer at the age of 85. Mandelbrot, developed fractals as a mathematical way of understanding the infinite complexity of nature. The concept has been used to measure coastlines, clouds and other natural phenomena and had far-reaching effects in physics, biology and astronomy. via BBC NewsSee him talk about fractals and the art of roughness here.
Fractals are sort of mind blowing. No matter how far you zoom into the image above you’ll always wind up with an identical version of the same shape. This really starts to become a mindfuck when you apply the theory that most everything in nature can be tied back to fractals.
It’s equally interesting how long it took us to discover and reminds us how much more there is to learn about the basics of life itself.
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