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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...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.