October 16th, 2010

Ratatouille: Glum

RIP Benoît Mandelbrot

The Jonathan Coulton song is no longer entirely accurate...

Benoît Mandelbrot passed away recently at age 85. He coined the term "fractal" and pushed the boundaries of iterative and chaotic mathematics.

    (from the article) "Dr. Mandelbrot traced his work on fractals to a question he first encountered as a young researcher: how long is the coast of Britain? The answer, he was surprised to discover, depends on how closely one looks. On a map an island may appear smooth, but zooming in will reveal jagged edges that add up to a longer coast. Zooming in further will reveal even more coastline.

    'Here is a question, a staple of grade-school geometry that, if you think about it, is impossible,' Dr. Mandelbrot [said]."
Shaun: Bitzer working

Word Game du Jour

Word Bubbles

They give you three initial letters. You have a minute to come up with different words starting with those letters.

The catch: you need to come up with different length words to score well. More challenging than you might at first think.