I heard on npr this morning that benoît mandelbrot has died.
I have vivid memories of a younger me, circa 1990 sitting in my university dormroom in front of a little 386sx as it chugged away rendering some zoomed view into the mandelbrot set. I was fascinated by the infinite variation and complexity. I was already studying mathematics, but I suppose it helped me to realize there was interesting math beyond analysis.
I also recall working with junior high math students in a summer program, and how intrigued they were by this graphical representation of math. it definitely served to pull them in and spark their curiosity.
for that, and so much more, we thank you benoît. you will be missed.