## Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

October 18, 2010 by richbeveridge

*Benoit Mandelbrot*

*A Greek among Romans*

Benoit Mandelbrot passed away last week in Cambridge, Mass. at the age of 85.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb dedicated his book *The Black Swan *to Mandelbrot, calling him “a Greek among Romans.”

Mandelbrot is probably the most important mathematician of the last 50 years. His ideas on using mathematics to describe and understand the world around us have influenced many mathematicians and scientists and led to a new understanding of how to apply mathematical ideas.

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