FOM: Re: Mandelbro(j)ts and Bourbaki
cxm7 at po.cwru.edu
Thu Oct 1 14:49:16 EDT 1998
I had replied to a query on Szolem Mandlebrojt by A.R.D. Mathias:
>> > There is just a word about this in James Gleick's CHAOS (pp.89-90).
>> > In short he says Bourbaki was axiomatic and formal, and found geometry
>> > "untrustworthy". He says, Mandelbrot "fled the Ecole Normale because of
>> > Bourbaki and a few decades later he fled France for the same reason".
Reuben Hersh added
>> Why not ask Mandelbrot's nephew Benoit?
Michel Eytan <eytan at dpt-info.u-strasbg.fr> replied:
>The Mandelbrot you are referring to (Benoit, inventor of Fractals) is
>*distinct* from his uncle Mandelbro*j*t (Szolem)
Hersh seems to have known Benoit is not Szolem, and so he referred
to Benoit as a "nephew".
Gleick discusses both Szolem and Benoit. Indeed, the words I quoted
refer to Benoit. My apologies. But Szolem's relation to Bourbaki is
described on these same pages 87-89 of Gleick's CHAOS.
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