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The father of “fractal” geometry, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot coined the term in the 1970s to describe his investigation into the phenomenon of self-similarity. His ideas revolutionized mathematics and have had a profound impact on several fields across the physical and social sciences. Mandelbrot's numerous papers and books include The Fractal Geometry of Nature, which was recognized as one of the most influential science books of the 20th century. In January 2006, he was appointed Officer of the French Legion of Honor. He is currently Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale.

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