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2010-10-18 13:14:59

The famous fractal mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot died of cancer on October 14 at the age of 85. Mandelbrot developed fractals as a mathematical way of understanding the infinite complexity of nature. The concept has been used to measure coastlines, clouds and other natural phenomena and had far-reaching effects in physics, biology and astronomy. His family said that he died in a hospice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The visionary mathematician had joint French and U.S. nationality and...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'