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Benoit Mandelbrot in 2007

The great mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot died at the age of almost 86. He died in a hospice in Cambridge, Massachusetts from a pancreatic cancer.

There’s an everlasting link between the name of Benoît Mandelbrot and the fractals, the mathematical structures he named in 1975. During the following years other mathematicians developed the concept of fractals but among the Julia sets, so called because they are based on the work of Gaston Julia, Mandelbrot developed one in particular which is known as Mandelbrot set.

Tony Curtis

The great actor Tony Curtis died tonight. Born on July 3, 1925 as Bernard Schwartz, son of Jewish Hungarian immigrants, Curtis served in the U.S.A. Navy during World War II and after his discharge he studied acting at New York.

12 years ago Google was born from an idea developed since 1996 by Sergey Brin and Lawrence (Larry) Page at Stanford University. It was the time of great development for the web with the birth of various search engines: in the results the ranking was generally given by counting how many times the words appeared in the pages but Brin and Page developed their search project using a mathematical algorythm that analyzed the relationship between the web pages creating the famous Google PageRank.

Yesterday Facebook suffered from its worst problem in its history and for some hours it was difficult if not impossible to use it because of errors such as “Service Unavailable – DNS failure”. For a part of its many millions users it was panic: someone couldn’t tell the world what they would eat for their next meal and maybe they suffered from indigestion because of the stress, someone couldn’t upload their pictures they had just shot and couldn’t sleep because of it.

Today news arrives about Byron Moren being busted at New York JFK airport for possession of six kilograms of heroin hidden in his underwear and arrested. Considering that we’re talking about the airport that maybe has the tightest checks in the world you wonder how he thought he could get away with it.