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The fractalist : memoir of a geometer

Author: Benoit B Mandelbrot
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Benoit B Mandelbrot; Benoit B Mandelbrot
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benoit B Mandelbrot
ISBN: 9780307377357 0307377350
OCLC Number: 822464119
Description: xvii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Roots: Of Flesh and the Mind / Aliette Mandelbrot --
2. Child in Warsaw, 1924-36 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
3. Adolescent in Paris, 1936-39 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
4. Dirt-Poor Hills of Unoccupied Vichy France, 1939-43 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
5. On to Lyon: Tighter Occupation and Self-Discovery, 1943-44 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
6. Horse Groom near Pommiers-en-Forez, 1944 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
7. Alleluiah! The War Moves Away and a New Life Beckons / Aliette Mandelbrot --
8. Paris: Exam Hell, Agony of Choice, and One Day at the École Normale Supérieure, 1944-45 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
9.A (Then Rare) Foreign Student at the École Polytechnique, 1945-47 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
10. Pasadena: Student at Caltech During a Golden Age, 1947-49 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
11. French Air Force Engineers Reserve Officer in Training, 1949-50 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
12. Growing Addiction to Classical Music, Voice, and Opera / Aliette Mandelbrot. Contents note continued: 13. Life as a Grad Student and Philips Electronics Employee, 1950-52 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
14. First Kepler Moment: The Zipf-Mandelbrot Distribution of Word Frequencies, 1951 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
15. Postdoctoral Grand Tour Begins at MIT, 1953 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
16. Princeton: John von Neumann's Last Postdoc, 1953-54 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
17. Paris, 1954-55 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
18. Wooing and Marrying Aliette, 1955 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
19. In Geneva with Jean Piaget, Mark Kac, and Willy Feller, 1955-57 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
20. An Underachieving and Restless Maverick Pulls Up Shallow Roots, 1957-58 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
21. At IBM Research Through Its Golden Age in the Sciences, 1958-93 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
22. At Harvard: Firebrand Newcomer to Finance Advances a Revolutionary Development, 1962-63 / Aliette Mandelbrot. Contents note continued: 23. On to Fractals: Through IBM, Harvard, MIT, and Yale via Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, 1963-64 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
24. Based at IBM, Moving from Place to Place and Field to Field, 1964-79 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
25. Annus Mirabilis at Harvard: The Mandelbrot Set and Other Forays into Pure Mathematics, 1979-80 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
26.A Word and a Book: "Fractal" and The Fractal Geometry of Nature / Aliette Mandelbrot --
27. At Yale: Rising to the University's Highest Rank, Sterling Professorship, 1987-2004 / Aliette Mandelbrot --
28. Has My Work Founded the First-Ever Broad Theory of Roughness? / Aliette Mandelbrot --
29. Beauty and Roughness: Full Circle / Aliette Mandelbrot.
Responsibility: Benoit B. Mandelbrot.

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A fascinating memoir from the man who revitalized visual geometry, and whose ideas about fractals have changed how we look at both the natural world and the financial world.

Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our under-standing of, among other things, financial variability and erratic physical phenomena. In The Fractalist, Mandelbrot recounts the high points of his life with exuberance and an eloquent fluency, deepening our understanding of the evolution of his extraordinary mind. We begin with his early years: born in Warsaw in 1924 to a Lithuanian Jewish family, Mandelbrot moved with his family to Paris in the 1930s, where he was mentored by an eminent mathematician uncle. During World War II, as he stayed barely one step ahead of the Nazis until France was liberated, he studied geometry on his own and dreamed of using it to solve fresh, real-world problems. We observe his unusually broad education in Europe, and later at Caltech, Princeton, and MIT. We learn about his thirty-five-year affiliation with IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center and his association with Harvard and Yale. An outsider to.

Mainstream scientific research, he managed to do what others had thought impossible: develop a new geometry that combines revelatory beauty with a radical way of unfolding formerly hidden laws governing utter roughness, turbulence, and chaos.

Here is a remarkable story of both the man's life and his unparalleled contributions to science, mathematics, and the arts. --Book Jacket.

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