Benoît B. Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry, has died at age 85.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that math is not my strong suit. What’s interesting is that I’ve always wanted to understand math. In middle school, while I was struggling with simple geometry, I would be reading books on chaos theory and looking at fractals on a computer (long before the web). That’s when I was first made aware of Mandelbrot. Although the complexities of fractals were way beyond me, I did understand the basic patterns that made up life on the planet. Heavy stuff, I know. Anyway, seeing him speak was a treat. This Ted Talk is highly recommended. He was such a fascinating nerd.