RIP Benoit Mandelbrot
Despite my obviously profound deficiencies in mathematics the work of mathematicians is influential on my thinking and aesthetics; Benoit Mandelbrot was particularly influential in both categories. His ideas regarding the fractal geometry of nature are profound whether you are a painter or a philosopher. While most people are familiar with fractals as the source of the images on the visualizer on Itunes, there is something more elemental about them; it is on par with the discovery of pi or the invention of zero. That his insight into the basic geometry of nature required the invention of the computer to happen is evidence that there is still a great deal to learn about reality and our age is not as far removed from Euclid as we think.