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Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Pictures were completely eliminated from mathematics; in particular when I was young this happened in a very strong fashion.”

Pictures were completely eliminated from mathematics; in particular when I was young this happened in a very strong fashion.

— Benoit Mandelbrot



Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I’ve been a professor of mathematics at Harvard and at Yale. At Yale for a long time. But I’m not a mathematician only. I’m a professor of physics, of economics, a long list. Each element of this list is normal. The combination of these elements is very rare at best.”

I’ve been a professor of mathematics at Harvard and at Yale. At Yale for a long time. But I’m not a mathematician only. I’m a professor of physics, of economics, a long list. Each element of this list is normal. The combination of these elements is very rare at best.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.”

For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Nobody will deny that there is at least some roughness everywhere.”

Nobody will deny that there is at least some roughness everywhere.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I had very, very little training in taking an exam to determine a scientist’s life in France.”

I had very, very little training in taking an exam to determine a scientist’s life in France.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “The beauty of what I happened by extraordinary chance to put together is that nobody would have believed that this is possible, and certainly I didn’t expect that it was possible. I just moved from step to step to step.”

The beauty of what I happened by extraordinary chance to put together is that nobody would have believed that this is possible, and certainly I didn’t expect that it was possible. I just moved from step to step to step.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.”

For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “I had many books and I had dreams of all kinds. Dreams in which were in a certain sense, how to say, easy to make because the near future was always extremely threatening.”

I had many books and I had dreams of all kinds. Dreams in which were in a certain sense, how to say, easy to make because the near future was always extremely threatening.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.”

Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.

— Benoit Mandelbrot


Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “If one takes the kinds of risks which I took, which are colossal, but taking risks, I was rewarded by being able to contribute in a very substantial fashion to a variety of fields. I was able to reawaken and solve some very old problems.”

If one takes the kinds of risks which I took, which are colossal, but taking risks, I was rewarded by being able to contribute in a very substantial fashion to a variety of fields. I was able to reawaken and solve some very old problems.

— Benoit Mandelbrot



Benoit Mandelbrot Quote: “It was astonishing when at one point, I got the idea of how to make artifical clouds with a collaborator, we had pictures made which were theoretically completely artificial pictures based upon that one very simple idea. And this picture everybody views as being clouds.”

It was astonishing when at one point, I got the idea of how to make artifical clouds with a collaborator, we had pictures made which were theoretically completely artificial pictures based upon that one very simple idea. And this picture everybody views as being clouds.

— Benoit Mandelbrot

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