## On the threshold of knowledge: Pythagoreans, incommensurability and the experience of modernity.

The Greek experience, as we reconstitute it, accords special value to the “limit” and reemphasizes the long-recognize scandalousness of the irrational: the indecency of that which, in measurement, is immeasurable. (He who first discovered the incommensurability of the diagonal of the square perished; he drowned in a shipwreck, for he had met with a strange […]

## Benoît B. Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

☛ Steve Jurvetson photostream on Flickr: Benoît Mandelbrot, February 13th, 2010 (CC) Benoît B. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician who developed the field of fractal geometry and applied it to physics, biology, finance and many other fields, died on Thursday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 85. (The New York Times: “Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at […]