Beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful. That’s fractals.
BENOIT MANDELBROTHumanity has known for a long time what fractals are. It is a very strange situation in which an idea which each time I look at all documents have deeper and deeper roots, never (how to say it), jelled.
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My life has been extremely complicated. Not by choice at the beginning at all, but later on, I had become used to complication and went on accepting things that other people would have found too difficult to accept.
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If you look at a shape like a straight line, what’s remarkable is that if you look at a straight line from close by, from far away, it is the same; it is a straight line.
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Both chaos theory and fractal have had contacts in the past when they are both impossible to develop and in a certain sense not ready to be developed.
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I don’t seek power and do not run around
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Engineering is too important to wait for science.
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Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.
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In mathematics and science definition are simple, but barebones. Until you get to a problem which you understand it takes hundreds and hundreds of pages and years and years of learning.
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I spent my time very nicely in many ways, but not fully satisfactory. Then I became Professor in France, but realized that I was not – for the job that I should spend my life in.
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My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.
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Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness, and hotness. Each is the topic of a branch of physics
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When people ask me what’s my field? I say, on one hand, a fractalist. Perhaps the only one, the only fulltime one.
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The techniques I developed for studying turbulence, like weather, also apply to the stock market
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Pictures were completely eliminated from mathematics; in particular when I was young this happened in a very strong fashion.
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If one takes the kinds of risks which I took, which are colossal, but taking risks, I was rewarded by being able to contribute in a very substantial fashion to a variety of fields. I was able to reawaken and solve some very old problems.
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There are very complex shapes which would be the same from close by and far away.
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A fractal is a way of seeing infinity.
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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.
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A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales…
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The theory of chaos and theory of fractals are separate, but have very strong intersections. That is one part of chaos theory is geometrically expressed by fractal shapes.
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Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dustcloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to.
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The rare scholars who are nomadsbychoice are essential to the intellectual welfare of the settled disciplines.
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The straight line has a property of selfsimilarity. Each piece of the straight line is the same as the whole line when used to a big or small extent.
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There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.
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In fact, I barely missed being number one in France in both schools. In particular I did very well in mathematical problems.
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I went to the computer and tried to experiment. I introduced a very high level of experiment in very pure mathematics.
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If you assume continuity, you can open the wellstocked mathematical toolkit of continuous functions and differential equations, the saws and hammers of engineering and physics for the past two centuries (and the foreseeable future).
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