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Here are a couple of links for you to learn more about him and his work.

Ted Talk from 2010.

Mandelbrot obituary in the Telegraph.

Why are fractals useful from The University of Oxford.


Link: Sam Arbesman and Greg Laughlin predict that the discovery of the first Earth-like exoplanet will likely occur in early May 2011.

Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but here’s an overview of what we did. Using the properties of previously discovered exoplanets, we developed a simple metric of habitability for each planet that uses its mass and temperature to rate it on a scale of 0 to 1, where 1 is Earth-like, and 0 is so very not Earth-like. Plotting these values over time and taking the upper envelope yields a nice march towards habitability.

via kottke

The distance to the moon is 385,000,000,000 mm. The size of an unkerned piece of normal cut Helvetica at 100pt is 136.23 mm. Therefore it would take 2,826,206,643.42 helveticas to get to the moon.

(via kottke)

The famous ‘powers of ten’ by Charles and Ray Eames

THE STRUCTURAL LIFE OF THE POINT_  of  _ Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea_ (series in progress 2010)

  • “at least as hard as the hardest problem”           
  • can be reduced by transforming it to the description 
  •  purity or clarity
  • _a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed   to be required_

ink, pencil, airbrush, oil pastel, scratches on paper.