Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85 – Obituary (Obit) –

October 17, 2010

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed the field of fractal geometry and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields, died on Thursday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85.

Te spread of economic theory will say that living so long is not productive and hence a cost. But this misses that the purpose of live is to be living, to have a life, and not to be a slave, not to be a producer. Sure production is necessary but not transcendent. But watch in the next decade the argument being made about generations and cost analysis.

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