Fractal geometry is the geometry of nature, of familiar and apparently random forms like trees, coastlines, rivers, and lightning. Professor Benoît Mandelbrot led an extraordinarily rich and varied life. Full of twists and turns, his career very much paralleled and reflected powerful aspects of the new geometry, which he discovered. This is the story of how he made this discovery, told in his own words and in the words of other leading mathematicians and scientists.
With fractal geometry, Benoît Mandelbrot has given us a new language for use throughout the sciences. Fractal geometry has a powerful and enlightening effect on most people, who come across it. This new language is changing our lives.