Benoit Mandelbrot


In 1963 Benoit Mandelbrot introduced the fractal concept.


Fractals are shapes or behaviors that have similar properties at all levels of magnification. Just as the sphere is a concept that unites raindrops, basketballs and Mars, so fractal is a concept that unites clouds, coastlines, plants and strange attractors.

Dr. Mandelbrot dropped in for a visit during our 2001 series of webcasts about Antarctica. We took some time out from the freezing cold to interview him.

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Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot


In 1963 Benoit Mandelbrot introduced the fractal concept.


Fractals are shapes or behaviors that have similar properties at all levels of magnification. Just as the sphere is a concept that unites raindrops, basketballs and Mars, so fractal is a concept that unites clouds, coastlines, plants and strange attractors.

Dr. Mandelbrot dropped in for a visit during our 2001 series of webcasts about Antarctica. We took some time out from the freezing cold to interview him.

Click here for to view the webcast. You'll need the free RealPlayer.





Exhibits || Lexicon || Timeline

© The Exploratorium, 1996