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Mourning on Fractalus

19 Oct, 2010, 00:47 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Montreal Gazette
It was reported everywhere today that Benoit Mandelbrot, the so-called Father of Fractals, passed away at the age of 85. The French-American mathematician is famous for identifying the geometric shapes known as fractals, and technology for creating them was the foundation for the early Lucasfilm game Rescue on Fractalus!, where it was used to draw the craggy landscapes of the alien planet that the player explores.

Of course, people who played the extensively pirated version of Rescue on Fractalus! and therefore knew it under its development title Behind Jaggi Lines! have no idea why the rest of us are grieving.

What does everyone else think about this?

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    Comment by: elTee | Posted 19 Oct, 2010, 10:44 | Quote
    I am fascinated by the Mandelbrot Set, and fractals in general. David Fox talks a little about the fractal technology used by LucasArts in these videos.
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    Comment by: jp-30 | Posted 19 Oct, 2010, 05:28 | Quote
    Now THERE's a brilliant tangentally related news post. Well played Jason!

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