Benoit Mandelbrot, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of all time, passed away on October 14. I could go on and on about this amazing man who went against almost all previous notions of mathematics to claim that the world and all the laws that govern it are inherently rough, not smooth. Although his claims were shunned by the science world, his persistence paid off when so much truth was found in his research on fractals, the term he coined, now found in everything from modeling the human heart beat to the stock market. He inspires everyone from scientists to artists (or both of course) around the world.
A modern day genius, unafraid to think a way that he was told was impossible. My mother sent me his obituary from the NY times. I think I shall keep it.