Happy birthday to Benoit Mandelbrot, the discoverer of fractals

Renowned mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s birthday is today (Nov. 20) and Google published a doodle in his honor.

French-American mathematician Mandelbrot is known as the “father of fractal geometry,” for having defined one of the most important patterns found in nature: fractals. Fractals are infinitely repeating mathematical shapes; no matter how much you zoom in on them, the same irregular shape will repeat over and over at infinitely smaller scales. [You can see a neat visualization of a fractal from Google.]

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