Benoît Mandelbrot, the progenitor of modern fractal geometry passed away at age 85 today. His good friend Nassim Nicholas Taleb cleared is website in reverence, leaving just a reference to his passing, calling him “A Greek among Romans”.
Of course, Mandelbrot will always be most closely associated with the fractal pattern bearing his name: the Mandelbrot set. For a nice illustration of the complexity and aesthetic beauty offered by the Mandelbrot set, click on the following image to see the “Mandel zoom” series of 15 renderings of part of the Mandelbrot set, each one a section of the previous:
Hat tip: Tyler Cowen