Mandelbrot the Magnificent

Mandelbrot the Magnificent

"Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he's brought to the world." --Karen Joy Fowler Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning, magical pseudo-biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into deep mathematics to escape the rise of Hitler Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler "Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he's brought...

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Title:Mandelbrot the Magnificent
Author:Liz Ziemska
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0765398052
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:121 pages pages

Mandelbrot the Magnificent Reviews

  • Dean Wilcox
    Apr 25, 2018
    What a delightful read - too short by half, but then they story is what the story is. A lovely magical realism piece about the inventor of the fractal, France, and Hitler and math n' shit. Nice stuff. ...
  • Paul
    Dec 28, 2017
    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    Dec 01, 2017
    Review forthcoming ...
  • Joe Gola
    Nov 29, 2017
    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...
  • Laura
    Nov 02, 2017
    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...
  • j
    Oct 26, 2017
    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...
  • Sally Koslow
    Dec 20, 2017
    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...
  • Kynan
    Nov 17, 2017
    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...
  • Wayne McCoy
    Feb 19, 2018
    'Mandelbrot the Magnificent' by Liz Ziemska is an imaginary biographical tale of Benoit Mandelbrot and his life during World War II. Mandelbrot was born in the Warsaw ghetto during a particularly bad time in history. His family fled to France, and, as a young Jew, he wasn't very wel...
  • Neeuqdrazil
    Apr 04, 2018
    Interesting, although I don't get the math enough to really understand what's going on. ...
  • Charlotte
    Jan 09, 2018
    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...
  • Yuni Amir
    Mar 18, 2018
    I can't help but to compare this literature with The Book Thief. Same theme, different places. Heart-warming but the protagonist is more of a hard-ass, which I like. The determination is so strong, despite of his surroundings and circumstances. But I'd recommend you to read The Book...
  • Megan
    Jan 09, 2018
    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....
  • Fran
    Oct 28, 2017
    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Mar 28, 2018
    This is a short story There are some definite pros and cons in Liz Ziemska's short story about Mandelbrot, a real-life mathematician. Pros I really love how short and succulent this story is. It's primary focus is not necessarily on Mandelbrot learning difficult math concepts; as ...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Feb 03, 2018
    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...
  • Betsy
    Jan 07, 2018
    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...
  • David
    Dec 07, 2017
    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...
  • Bill Shubert
    Jan 30, 2018
    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...
  • Fran
    Mar 03, 2018
    Benoit Mandelbrot was born in Warsaw, Poland in the 1920's. His father, a tailor, descended from a long line of Talmudic scholars and his mother was a dentist. Uncle Szolem was a mathematics professor. Szolem shared his love of math, especially Kepler's ellipses, with the youngster who...
  • enricocioni
    Nov 09, 2017
    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...
  • James
    Apr 18, 2018
    probably a 3.5, but not quite long enough or immersive enough for 4 stars... thoroughly enjoyable fantastical tale about mathematics and family and dreams and hatred and history... a tidy little tale that would have been well-served to be longer... much like the fractals it utilizes, t...
  • Ben
    Feb 21, 2018
    An interesting, entertaining, quick novella. I've always enjoyed Jewish literature and things involving the mysticism behind Judaism or the Kabbalah. Things about the Sephiroth / sefrot, etc. And this does a fairly good job of representing all of that, and the fantastical element(s) ar...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Apr 16, 2018
    I loved the essential idea here (math as magic, fractals to create illusions) but the story was almost too brief. Even just another 20 or 30 pages might have been enough to flesh out the story's frame and the characters a bit more. But now I suddenly need to know more about the real Ma...
  • Anton
    Dec 29, 2017
    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...
  • Marcheto
    Dec 25, 2017
    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...
  • Eileen
    Jan 24, 2018
    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...
  • Atlas
    Dec 12, 2017
    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...
  • Mitch
    Nov 15, 2017
    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...
  • GuyfromCalgary
    Jul 02, 2018
    This novella is so good, I wish it was longer! This tale of Benoit Mandelbrot unfolds is a total page turner. Word by word, it kept me captivated until the end because I wanted to learn how he uses math to save his and family's lives. ...