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vtaylor on 2012-05-16"Back in the 1960's, a French mathematician named Benoit Mandelbrot started thinking about simple pretty simple: How long is the coast of Britain? Sure, it seems easy enough... But, think about how you'd really measure it... In 1975, he made up the word "fractal" because he thought these figures would look fractured or broken up. It wasn't until he had a computer that he could SEE a picture of what he'd been thinking about!"