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The Fractal Geometry of Mandelbrot

by Anthony Barcellos

Award: Merten Hasse, and also George Polya in 1985

Year of Award: 1987

Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, (1984), pp. 98-114. [Note: This article was changed by the author on December 19, 2011. A revised Figure 5(b) on page 103 was inserted.]

Summary: An explanation of fractal geometry and dimension.

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About the Author: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, (1984)) Anthony Barcellos is an analyst with the Commission on State Finance, California’s principal economic forecasting agency.  Mr. Barcellos has a B.S. in mathematics from Caltech and an M.S. from the California State University, Fresno. While a graduate student and staff instructor in mathematics at the University of California at Davis, he was awarded both the departmental and campus awards for distinguished teaching. His interviews of Martin Gardner, Slanislaw Ulam, and Benoit Mandelbrot will appear in “Mathematical People” (Birkhauser Boston), and he is presently completing a book on Conway’s game of Life.

Subject classification(s): Fractal Geometry
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 28, 2008