Monthly Archives: August 2019

Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist: Part 1, “How I came to be a Scientist” – Surviving World War 2

Chapter 1 Highlights Mandelbrot’s book tells the story in a fractal nature – bouncing big and small and returning to reinforce important topics.  From this first family photo Mandelbrot introduces us to the adults that shaped his young life, helped … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist 07: Alleluiah! The War Moves Away and a New Life Beckons – Page by Page Review

Locations 1312 – 1347 We wrap up the first part of Mandelbrot’s life – with a wonderful preview of the 2nd and third parts.  The family made a bold bet to split up, and it was truly necessary based on … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist 06: Horse Groom near Pommiers-en-Forez, 1944 – Page by Page Review

Mandelbrot deploys his genius in order to help an aristocrat maintain the family horse farm while a war rages in the background.  Carnegie uses animals to endear the reader to people – and the olfactory descriptions of a young Dr. … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist 05: On to Lyon: Tighter Occupation and Self-Discovery, 1943–44 – Page by Page Review

Mandelbrot continued to excel in his studies despite the oppression of the Nazi occupation of France.  He studied shapes, and used the basic of geometry in novel ways to solve problems more fitting for older students. Best Quote(s) “True to … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist: 04 Dirt-Poor Hills of Unoccupied Vichy France, 1939–43 Chapter by Chapter Review

Mandelbrot’s family continues to survive as the violence of World War II escalates.  Hard work provides a way out.  Luck breaks for the family again. Best Quote(s) “Xenophobia lost, meritocracy won, and she deliberately misplaced my family’s files.” Chapter 4, … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist: 03 Adolescent in Paris, 1936–39 – Chapter by Chapter Review

Pages – ; Locations 675 – 860 Mandelbrot’s youth is about promise and his family’s focus on survival.  In Chapter 3 we find our young student in France with a need to exceed in education, but with the reader knowing … Continue reading

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Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist: 02 Childhood in Warsaw – Chapter by Chapter Review

Warsaw shaped Mandelbrot as his first home, site of his early education and as a way of life that would be completely erased.  His family focused on staying alive and ahead of the Nazi advance at a time when others … Continue reading

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