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Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Think not of what you see, but what it took to produce what you see.”

Think not of what you see, but what it took to produce what you see.

— Benoit Mandelbrot



Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “A fractal is a way of seeing infinity.”

A fractal is a way of seeing infinity.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Fractal geometry is not just a chapter of mathematics, but one that helps Everyman to see the same world differently.”

Fractal geometry is not just a chapter of mathematics, but one that helps Everyman to see the same world differently.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “The theory of chaos and theory of fractals are separate, but have very strong intersections. That is one part of chaos theory is geometrically expressed by fractal shapes.”

The theory of chaos and theory of fractals are separate, but have very strong intersections. That is one part of chaos theory is geometrically expressed by fractal shapes.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Asking the right questions is as important as answering them.”

Asking the right questions is as important as answering them.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful. That’s fractals.”

Beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful. That’s fractals.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules, which are repeated without end.”

Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules, which are repeated without end.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “The Mandelbrot set is the most complex mathematical object known to mankind.”

The Mandelbrot set is the most complex mathematical object known to mankind.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I spent half my life, roughly speaking, doing the study of nature in many aspects and half of my life studying completely artificial shapes. And the two are extraordinarily close; in one way both are fractal.”

I spent half my life, roughly speaking, doing the study of nature in many aspects and half of my life studying completely artificial shapes. And the two are extraordinarily close; in one way both are fractal.

— Benoit Mandelbrot



Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.”

There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “A formula can be very simple, and create a universe of bottomless complexity.”

A formula can be very simple, and create a universe of bottomless complexity.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Being a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also, among other things, to seduce.”

Being a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also, among other things, to seduce.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “When people ask me what’s my field? I say, on one hand, a fractalist. Perhaps the only one, the only full-time one.”

When people ask me what’s my field? I say, on one hand, a fractalist. Perhaps the only one, the only full-time one.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Order doesn’t come by itself.”

Order doesn’t come by itself.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.”

An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.”

Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I didn’t feel comfortable at first with pure mathematics, or as a professor of pure mathematics. I wanted to do a little bit of everything and explore the world.”

I didn’t feel comfortable at first with pure mathematics, or as a professor of pure mathematics. I wanted to do a little bit of everything and explore the world.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Everybody in mathematics had given up for 100 years or 200 years the idea that you could from pictures, from looking at pictures, find new ideas. That was the case long ago in the Middle Ages, in the Renaissance, in later periods, but then mathematicians had become very abstract.”

Everybody in mathematics had given up for 100 years or 200 years the idea that you could from pictures, from looking at pictures, find new ideas. That was the case long ago in the Middle Ages, in the Renaissance, in later periods, but then mathematicians had become very abstract.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I didn’t want to become a pure mathematician, as a matter of fact, my uncle was one, so I knew what the pure mathematician was and I did not want to be a pure – I wanted to do something different.”

I didn’t want to become a pure mathematician, as a matter of fact, my uncle was one, so I knew what the pure mathematician was and I did not want to be a pure – I wanted to do something different.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


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