Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska

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Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning, magical pseudo-biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into deep mathematics to escape the rise of Hitler

Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler, Benoit Mandelbrot found escape from the cruelties of the world around him through mathematics. Logic sometimes makes monsters, and Mandelbrot began hunting monsters at an early age. Drawn into the infinite promulgations of formulae, he sinks into secret dimensions and unknown wonders.

His gifts do not make his life easier, however. As the Nazis give up the pretense of puppet government in Vichy France, the jealousy of Mandelbrot’s classmates leads to denunciation and disaster. The young mathematician must save his family with the secret spaces he’s discovered, or his genius will destroy them.

Title : Mandelbrot the Magnificent
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ISBN : 0765398052
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 121 pages


j rated it ★★★★★

October 26, 2017

Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally.

Paul rated it ★★★★★

December 28, 2017

Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous little book)....

Anton rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2017

Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

November 03, 2017

Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I’ll be thinking about this novel for a long time.

Atlas rated it ★★★☆☆

December 18, 2017

"Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversations - but to also ge...

Eileen rated it ★★★★☆

January 24, 2018

An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France.

Megan rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2018

What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone.

Alvaro rated it ★★★★★

December 01, 2017

Review forthcoming

Marcheto rated it ★★★★☆

December 25, 2017

Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography… everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating.

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2018

Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well.

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