The Mandelbrot Set is one of the most famous 20th century mathematics wonders.

It is a mathematic structure that truly deals in infinite complexity, but Saturday the academic world mourns the end of the life one of one of the most brilliant mathematicians known.

Benoit B. Mandelbrot, the inventor of “fratal geometry” died of pancreatic cancer in Cambridge on Thursday, his family said. He was 85.

An insightful teacher, Mr. Mandlebrot brought The Mandlebrot Set to the public so that anyone with an interest in mathematics, from rank amateurs and beginner students to brilliant Ivy League geniuses, could study it.

He was the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University.

Mr. Mandlebrot leaves his wife, Aliette, two sons, Laurent, of Paris, and Didier, of Newton. He also leaves three grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned.

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