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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed the field of fractal geometry and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields, died on Thursday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85.

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Benoît B. Mandelbrot, left, and James A. Yorke, sharing a Japan Prize in 2003 for their pioneering work in chaos theory.
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Wolfgang Beyer
Graphic representations of the Mandelbrot set have been implanted in popular culture, gracing T-shirts and album covers.

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