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Brian Chidester

JOHN O’CONNOR The Machine and the Ghost

In his unfinished memoir Benoît Mandelbrot, the father of chaos theory, told the story of when, during the early 1960s, he walked past a classroom at Harvard University and noticed a fellow professor drawing a near-identical diagram to the one he’d recently landed upon in the course of his groundbreaking research.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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