Benoit Mandelbrot: (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010)
TED title: Fractals and the roughness
Introduction: Benoit Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician. He is recognized for his contribution to the field of fractal geometry, which included coining the word “fractal” as well as for developing a “theory of roughness” and “self-similarity” in nature.
TED title: A 3D atlas of the universe
Introduction: It is a standalone 4-dimensional space visualization application built on the programmable Partiview data visualization engine designed by Stuart Levy of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) as an adjunct of the NCSA’s Virtual Director virtual choreography project. The Virtual Universe Atlas project was launched by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium with significant programming support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as Stuart Levy. The database draws on the National Virtual Observatory.
TED title: The riddle of experience vs. memory.
Introduction: (Hebrew: דניאל כהנמן, born March 5, 1934) is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Vernon L. Smith). His empirical findings challenge the assumption of human rationality prevailing in modern economic theory.