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.