Quotes by Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot

Polish-born French and American mathematician and polymath

Alive from: 1924-2010

Category: Science

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    My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.
    Source: New Scientist interview
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    Now that I near 80, I realize with wistful pleasure that on many occasions I was 10, 20, 40, even 50 years ahead of my time.
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    People want to see patterns in the world. It is how we evolved. We descended from those primates who were best at spotting the telltale pattern of a predator in the forest, or of food in the savannah. So important is this skill that we apply it everywhere, warranted or not.
    Source: The (Mis)Behavior of Markets Ch. 12, p. 245
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    Smooth shapes are very rare in the wild but extremely important in the ivory tower and the factory.
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    The Mandelbrot set covers a small space yet carries a large number of different implications. Is it a fitting epitaph? Absolutely.
    Source: New Scientist interview
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    The techniques I developed for studying turbulence, like weather, also apply to the stock market.
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    There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable.
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    There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.
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    There is no single rule that governs the use of geometry. I don't think that one exists.
    Source: New Scientist interview
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    Think of color, pitch, loudness, heaviness, and hotness. Each is the topic of a branch of physics.
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    Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.
    Source: The (Mis)Behavior of Markets Ch. 2, p. 41
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    Until a few years ago, the topics in my Ph.D. were unfashionable, but they are very popular today.
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    What motivates me now are ideas I developed 10, 20 or 30 years ago, and the feeling that these ideas may be lost if I don't push them a little bit further.
    Source: New Scientist interview
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    When the weather changes and hurricanes hit, nobody believes that the laws of physics have changed. Similarly, I don't believe that when the stock market goes into terrible gyrations its rules have changed. It's the same stock market with the same mechanisms and the same people.
    Source: A Theory of Roughness
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    When the weather changes, nobody believes the laws of physics have changed. Similarly, I don't believe that when the stock market goes into terrible gyrations its rules have changed.
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