“Pictures were completely eliminated from mathematics; in particular when I was young this happened in a very strong fashion.”
— Benoit Mandelbrot
“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.”
“For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.”
“Nobody will deny that there is at least some roughness everywhere.”
“I had very, very little training in taking an exam to determine a scientist’s life in France.”
“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.”
“For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.”
“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.”
“Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.”
“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.”
“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.”
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