This week I have been thinking a lot about a vocabulary word: polymath.

Polymath.

Gosh, I just love that term! It means someone who is learned (“math”) in many (“poly”) subjects – a sort of Renaissance man (or woman). Say it with me once again…polymath.

Fractals from the Mandelbrot set

Given that, I was engrossed by a New York Times review of Benoit B.Mandelbrot’s newly published memoir. Does the name sound familiar? His name might not ring a bell, but his work will. According to Times reviewer Dwight Garner, Mandelbrot is the “beautiful, buzzing mind” who came up with the term fractal, and who invigorated the field of visual geometry and applied it to biology, physics and engineering.  Obviously one of those polymaths, Mandelbrot was dazzling at translating mathematical problems into geometric shapes. Click here to be taken to the book review.

What’s on your mind, mathematically speaking, this week?

4 thoughts on “Polymaths, fractals and an open thread”

  1. Howdy I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you
    by accident, while I was searching on Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am
    here now and would just like to say thanks for a marvelous post
    and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
    to read through it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added
    your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to
    read more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

  2. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before but
    after browsing through a few of the posts I realized
    it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back regularly!

    my site :: spence diamonds shop

  3. Be certain to secure this with waterproofing silicon, as well
    as drilling it into place for a secure fit. Take into
    consideration the look and feel of the advertisement. If you haven’t yet,
    open the box your motherboard came in and use the manual
    to make sure you have everything that should be there.

Comments are closed.

Scroll to Top