Benoît Mandelbrot was a research fellow initally hired by IBM during the 1960s put on the task of removing excess noise from telephone calls, but more importantly, he was the “father of fractal geometry.” In the short film above, Mandelbrot speaks in great depth about his intense love of mathematics, which led to his discovery of fractals, the never-ending patterns which are seen in both complex systems and in nature. Though Mandelbrot passed away in 2010, his work continues to live on today through further innovations in science, design, telecommunications and medicine.

(Image: Fractal Foundation)