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The fractalist : memoir of a geometer

Author: Benoit B Mandelbrot
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Named Person: Benoit B Mandelbrot; Benoit B Mandelbrot
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benoit B Mandelbrot
ISBN: 9780307378606 0307378608
OCLC Number: 815779265
Notes: Includes index.
Electronic book.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Chance, then free choice, shape a living, fast evolving, and ceaselessly wandering fossil --
Unrelated deeds or a unified fractal approach to roughness? --
Could the Mandelbrot set really be the most complex object in the whole of mathematics? --
Roots, of flesh and the mind --
Child in Warsaw (1924-36) --
Long summer in today's Belarus --
Adolescent in Paris (1936-9) --
Muddling through "Vichy," "unoccupied" France, in dirt-poor and forsaken hills (1939-43) --
In Lyon : tightening occupation & self-discovery (1943-4) --
Paris : exam hell, agony of choice, École normale (1944-5) --
Paris : a (rare) foreign student at École polytechnique (1945-7) --
Pasadena : student at Caltech during a Golden Age (1947-9) --
French air force engineers : reserve officer training (1949-50) --
Growing addiction to classical music, voice, and opera --
Paris : "doctorand" & employee of Philips Electronics (1950-2) --
Modest first Kepler moment : mastering the unevenness of word frequencies (1951) --
No longer a promising youth, yet still seeking role models far away : Wiener, Von Neumann, Kac, Feller --
Apprentice on a grand tour through varied cities and guilds : Cambridge, MA, Princeton, Geneva --
After a year as a French academic, an underachieving and restless maverick pulls roots (1957-58) --
Rise to the rank of IBM fellow at IBM research, during its brilliant golden age in science (1958-93) --
Itinerant teacher : of economics then engineering at Harvard & later of mathematics at Harvard then Yale --
A firebrand newcomer to economics teaches controversial finance at Harvard (1962-3) --
Based at IBM, but ceaselessly moving, back and forth, drawn from one place, mystery, or field to another (1964-79) --
Writing the fractal geometry of nature and pondering my future and that of fractal geometry as a discipline --
At Yale, rising --
aged seventy-five --
to tenure at this university's highest rank, sterling professorship (1987-2004).
Responsibility: Benoit Mandelbrot.

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