Liz Ziemska: Mandelbrot the Magnificent



Or my full review all my reviews Such a short book to pack such a wallop How magical is mathematics how mathematical is magic I ll be thinking about this novel for a long time Damn what a brilliant conceit that s pulled off even brilliantly I m in awe frankly and to add a personal aside I m often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math I haven t and now I on t have to I ll just point the person to this wondrous little book I loved the essential idea here math as magic fractals to create illusions but the story was almost too brief Even just another 20 or 30 pages might have been enough to flesh out the story s frame and the characters a bit But now I suddenly need to know about the real Mandelbrot Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magicNo literally Benoit Mandelbrot was born in Warsaw Poland in the 1920 s His father a tailor The Confabulist descended from a long line of Talmudic scholars and his mother was aentist Uncle Szolem was a mathematics professor Szolem shared his love of math especially Kepler s ellipses with the youngster who stated that when he grew up he wanted to make a simple iscovery of something no one else thought ofThe political climate and threat of war in 1936 caused the Polish Jewish family to seek safe haven in Paris then later in the town of Tulle Foreigners living in France were not afforded the same protections as French born citizens Mandelbrot found refuge in math however classmate Emile Vallant was a thorn in his side As the Germans invaded France Mandelbrot was etermined to hide his family by mathematically embellishing the Hausdorff Dimension a new Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue dimension that went inward instead of outwardMandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska is a historical mathematical fantastical novella What was fact What was fiction Engrossing and with magical realism the story of Mandelbrot the father of fractals unfoldsA fractal is a way of seeing infinity MandelbrotAuthor Ziemska has created a World War II tome of Jewish mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and the factors that arguably shaped his foray into higher mathematics An excellent readThank you Macmillan TorForge and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Mandelbrot the Magnificent. Known wondersHis giftso not make his life easier however As the Nazis give up the pretense of puppet government in Vichy France the jealousy of Mandelbrot's classmates leads to Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, denunciation andisaster The young mathematician must save his family with the secret spaces he's Ask the Past discovered or his genius willestroy th.

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What a beautiful perfect gem of a story This is a gorgeous intersection of history mathematics and magical realism a story of a family a war a mathematician and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour I recommend this to absolutely anyone Nothing makes me feel stupid as math When faced with an abstract mathematical problem my brain simply stops convinced that it has met an insurmountable obstacle Of course there s little I have respect for than math and I o kind of think it s magical So This is a short story There are some Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, definite pros and cons in Liz Ziemska s short story about Mandelbrot a real life mathematician ProsI really love how short and succulent this story is It s primary focus is not necessarily on Mandelbrot learningifficult math concepts as it is on his family s journey to avoid persecution as Jews Different Class during WWII The journey from Poland to France while condensed into a few sentences is intriguing if only because Mandelbrot s family was just ahead of the Nazi s the majority of the time I enjoyed seeing theifferent if Short Stories by Roald Dahl difficult options in front of them as the family was split up in order to try and keep everyone safeI was not familiar with the Sefirot and found the explanation in Mandelbrot the Magnificient sent me to Google to learn In historical pieces there are few things I love than arive to find out the truer than true version of something And yet I have to wonder where the Serifot fits into true mathematics if at all today ConsMathematics is a truly beautiful language all it s own For those of us like myself that are intrigued by complex physics chemistry and mathematics but unable to truly comprehend them it s always great to read a book that breaks concepts Goldilocks the Three Bears down or tries to teach you basic theories at a non academic level In Mandelbrot the Magnificent there are twoownfalls with this approach 1 The imagery and concepts of complex mathematics are made into too much magic As though you just be a magician to understand While perhaps this isn t a bad comparison it made me wonder what was true in the story and what wasn t How id Mandelbrot protect people Obviously wasn t true magic as this is a true story and so something about his understanding of. Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he's brought to the world Karen Joy Fowler Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning magical pseudo biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into eep mathematics to escape the rise of HitlerBorn in the Warsaw ghetto.

Mathematics benefited his family when the Nazi s came knocking But because the Socialist Realism descriptions and explanation are so founded in some sort of magic I am at a loss to explain any part of the theories or ideas that were used 2 There are lots of pretty mathematic graphics in this book but few actualescriptions of the complex problems Now this might be because the Ziemska I Look Up To... Michelle Obama didn t want to focus too much on the math aspect and instead wanted us to feel math as a part of our organic existence While I understand and get that it would have been nice to have maybe learned something new and a bit complex instead of just naming theories I know of but still can t even begin to explain OverallGiven the small amount of time invested into reading Mandelbrot the Magnificent it s clear to me it s worth a read if you have any interest I could have skipped it and been content with my life knowing what I know now about this story What I really want is someone to read an interesting compelling and factually accurate story of Mandelbrot and his true contributions to the scientific community However if Ziemska has given us the only insight currently available at a non math reading level into Mandelbrot s tumultuous childhood and fractal theories than without aoubt Mandlebrot the Magnificent will at least whet any appetites that may lead you into the truly monstrous world of science For this and of my reviews please visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Net Galley This is an honest and unbiased review Amazing novella Part biography part urban fantasy very small part Exuisitely written Highest possible recommendation At just 125 pages I flew through this novella over the course of a short afternoon The small Doctor Extraño dose of magical realism and high level mathematics provides a special uniueness in this story of survival Benoit s inner thoughts and feelings are true to that of a young man trying to figure out his place in the world He s selfish at times as are all teens but finds the will to see past himself and help others This transition is beautifullyescribed in Ziemska s writingI will be telling many people about this one especially my math teacher colleaguesHighly RecommendedF. And growing up in France uring the rise of Hitler Benoit Mandelbrot found escape from the cruelties of the world around him through mathematics Logic sometimes makes monsters and Mandelbrot began hunting monsters at an early age Drawn into the infinite promulgations of formulae he sinks into secret imensions and un.