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.