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Mandelbrot definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: French mathematician (born in Poland) noted for inventing fractals (born in 1924) [syn: Mandelbrot, Benoit Mandelbrot]

Merriam Webster's

biographical name Benoit 1924- American (Polish-born) mathematician & scientist

Britannica Concise

Polish-U.S. mathematician. He received his doctorate in Paris and emigrated to the U.S. in 1958. He is best known for his work with fractals (a term he coined; see fractal geometry), which, he showed, can occur in many different places in mathematics and in nature. He was influenced by Gaston Maurice Julia (1893-1978), whose 1918 paper on dynamical systems theory received the Grand Prix de l'Acadé mie des Sciences. Julia's work was forgotten until the 1970s, when Mandelbrot's fundamental computer experiments and use of computer graphics breathed new life into it. The Mandelbrot set is a mathematical set of imaginary numbers generated from a simple equation. It appears infinitely complex when graphed on a computer.




 


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