Saturday, October 16, 2010

Death of a great mathematican

I just read that the great Mathematican Benoît Mandelbrot
died on Oct 14th.
His Mandelbrot-set fractales were one reason for me to start programming back in the days. Beside its beauty its likely
that all your mobile internet wont work without fractales
since (almost all?) antennas inside small wifi/GSM/UMTS
are self-similar to have maximum gain/space ratio. A lot of other technical and scientific
equipment would be NULL without that too, and I bet the
distribution signature of self replicating code also has to
be self-similar if it wants to be optimal. :-)

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