“In the mind’s eye, a fractal is a way of seeing infinity.”

In a testament to Aldous Huxley’s astute insight that all great truths are obvious truths but not all obvious truths are great truths, the polymathic mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (November 20, 1924–October 14, 2010) observed in his most famous and most quietly radical sentence that clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.

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