I have just read that Mandelbrot recently died. I had never heard of this mathematician before about a few months ago. These are shapes you may never have heard of, but they’re everywhere – jagged repeating forms called fractals. Also known as the Mandelbrot Set. If you know what to look for, you can find them in the clouds, in mountains, trees and every living creature. Benoit Mandelbrot begins using computers to explore solving problems in math in 1958. Computers helped him to understand patterns in nature in a new way. He used the term fractal to describe them and developed the Mandelbrot set in 1980.