Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a great contributor to fractals. In fact, he came up with the idea.
Born in France, he taught himself Latin and had a very complete education, including a university (his father's- entered at 14, finished at 20). This was very rare for the time. He lived from 1646 to 1716.
His main contribution to the study of Fractals was as follows.
He invented the idea of self-similartiy, one of the very definitions of a fractal. His only mistake was in believing that the straight line was the only example of such.

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