Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist, Chapter 18: Wooing and Marrying Aliette, 1955

Mandelbrot pursues love and family life – and does it with the usual cast of exceptional and brilliant people.

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“Without her willingness to let me gamble my life—and hers and our children’s—the odd career I undertook would have been unthinkable.”

Mandelbrot, Chapter 19

Mandelbrot’s approach to risk, and his life’s dream, is linked.  He knows that his family took this risk with him, and that without their involvement, he could not have succeeded.

On Citroen, “He tamed front-wheel drive for mass production, and his brilliant engineers rethought every part from scratch so that even some key parts could be duplicated, if needed, in a home garage.”

Mandelbrot, Chapter 19

In a way Citroen was fractal in its approach to manufacturing. The parts were assembled into a vehicle, but then the parts themselves could be easily assembled with ordinary tools.

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“Following a custom on its way out, my parents had not married until Father had settled down as a reasonable provider.”

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Brother in law

“Years later, the older received the Wolf Prize for chemistry.”

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“That mistress was—and is—science.”

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“Without her willingness to let me gamble my life—and hers and our children’s—the odd career I undertook would have been unthinkable.”

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“We spent a two-year honeymoon there, and it is where Aliette brought Laurent, our older son, home from the maternity.”

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His dog, “Bruno Boccanegra de la Boverie.”

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Citroen, “He tamed front-wheel drive for mass production, and his brilliant engineers rethought every part from scratch so that even some key parts could be duplicated, if needed, in a home garage.”

In a way Citroen was fractal in its approach to manufacturing. The parts were assembled into a vehicle, but then the parts themselves could be easily assembled with ordinary tools.

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1 Response to Mandelbrot’s The Fractalist, Chapter 18: Wooing and Marrying Aliette, 1955

  1. Pingback: Mandelbrot Part 2: Chapters 8 – 20, “My Long and Meandering Education in Science and in Life” | Fred Lybrand

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