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Story by Denys Holovatyi
Let me introduce you to Fractalizer: a nice tool, which can make fractals of any Tumblr-blog. Go ahead and try plugging “visualizingmath” into the text box. Nice, right? Fractals emerge when repeating patterns of a shape are produced that look the same at any scale, and Fractalizer does its job well. IBM created this blog in memory of Benoît B. Mandelbrot, who has worked at IBM and invented fractal geometry to explain math & financial theory problems.
I got interested in Mandelbrot after reading the book “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, where he calls Mandelbrot his teacher and mentor. Since then, I discovered a lot about Mandelbrot and have been fascinated by the way he approaches problem and solves them – it’s very visual and geometric. He’s a mathematical revolutionary and maverick, and I want to follow his path. I’m not a mathematician, I’m a marketing researcher and entrepreneur, but I strive to obtain some crucial qualities to be like him: tireless, innovative, and one of a kind. Mr. Mandelbrot inspired me to do many things in life and has changed the way I live it. So don’t hesitate to join the journey of being different.
And one more thing – a fractal joke:
– What does the middle B in ”Benoît B. Mandelbrot” mean?
– Benoît B. Mandelbrot.
Denys Holovatyi, Researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Falling Walls Participant 2014
See his Falling Walls Lab presentation here