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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.
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October 26, 2017
Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic.
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)....
December 29, 2017
Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation
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.
December 18, 2017
"Logic sometimes makes monsters"
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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...
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.
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.
December 01, 2017
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.
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.