Given the profits he and Pharaoh must have made, one might call Joseph the first international arbitrageur.

Benoît Mandelbrot— Ch. 10, p. 201 (A reference to Genesis 41:48–49, 54–57.)

How Long Is the Coast of Britain?

Benoît Mandelbrot— Part of the title of his paper "How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension" published in

Being a language, mathematics may be used not only to inform but also, among other things, to seduce.

Benoît Mandelbrot—

A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales...

Benoît Mandelbrot— As quoted in a review of

Science would be ruined if (like sports) it were to put competition above everything else, and if it were to clarify the rules of competition by withdrawing entirely into narrowly defined specialties. The rare scholars who are nomads by choice are essential to the intellectual welfare of the subtle disciplines

Benoît Mandelbrot— Benoit Mandelbrot cited in James Gleick (1987)

I conceived, developed and applied in many areas a new geometry of nature, which finds order in chaotic shapes and processes. It grew without a name until 1975, when I coined a new word to denote it, fractal geometry, from the Latin word for irregular and broken up, fractus . Today you might say that, until fractal geometry became organized, my life had followed a fractal orbit.

Benoît Mandelbrot— As quoted in

For most of my life, one of the persons most baffled by my own work was myself.

Benoît Mandelbrot— Lecture at the University of Maryland (March 2005)

Engineering is too important to wait for science.

Benoît Mandelbrot— As quoted in "Fractal Finance" by Greg Phelan in

If you have a hammer, use it everywhere you can, but I do not claim that everything is fractal.

Benoît Mandelbrot— As quoted in "Fractal Finance" by Greg Phelan in

Unfortunately, the world has not been designed for the convenience of mathematicians.

Benoît Mandelbrot— Ch. 2, p. 41