Today Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, turns 70. Among the nicknames he was given there are for example “O Rei” (the king) and “Pérola Negra” (black pearl).

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.

Next week the Euroleague 2010/2011 starts with the first regular season game played on Monday as it’s become traditional, then the other games will be played on Wednesday and Thursday.