Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry died at the age of 85 this week. Fractals are a visual representation of an equation that is self-similar and based on recursion, and just so happen to mimic an incredible array of natural processes and formations, from mountain ranges to coral reefs, and interestingly, as the above video explains, explains not only the way branches of a tree are differentiated but how trees in a forest differentiate themselves. Pretty hot.
Mandelbrot Set featuring the song “Mandelbrot Set” by Jonathan Coulton
Here is a zoomed Mandelbrot fractal set to a song aptly entitled “Mandelbrot Set.”
Mr. Mandelbrot also did a lovely TED talk, which you can watch above.
RIP Benoit, and thank you for adding to our collective understanding.