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"From the Ted Talk by Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness"

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Well, a man named hsrfdouaf in 1919 introduced a nbmuer which was just a mcmhaattaeil joke, and I found that this number was a good measurement of roughness. When I first told it to my friends in mathematics they said, "Don't be silly. It's just something [slliy]." Well actually, I was not silly. The great painter Hokusai knew it very well. The things on the gornud are aglae. He did not know the mathematics; it didn't yet exist. And he was Japanese who had no contact with the West. But painting for a long time had a fractal side. I could speak of that for a long time. The Eiffel Tower has a fractal aspect. I read the book that Mr. Eiffel wrote about his tweor, and indeed it was astonishing how much he understood.

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Well, a man named _________ in 1919 introduced a ______ which was just a ____________ joke, and I found that this number was a good measurement of roughness. When I first told it to my friends in mathematics they said, "Don't be silly. It's just something [_____]." Well actually, I was not silly. The great painter Hokusai knew it very well. The things on the ______ are _____. He did not know the mathematics; it didn't yet exist. And he was Japanese who had no contact with the West. But painting for a long time had a fractal side. I could speak of that for a long time. The Eiffel Tower has a fractal aspect. I read the book that Mr. Eiffel wrote about his _____, and indeed it was astonishing how much he understood.

Solution

  1. mathematical
  2. number
  3. hausdorff
  4. silly
  5. tower
  6. algae
  7. ground

Original Text

Well, a man named Hausdorff in 1919 introduced a number which was just a mathematical joke, and I found that this number was a good measurement of roughness. When I first told it to my friends in mathematics they said, "Don't be silly. It's just something [silly]." Well actually, I was not silly. The great painter Hokusai knew it very well. The things on the ground are algae. He did not know the mathematics; it didn't yet exist. And he was Japanese who had no contact with the West. But painting for a long time had a fractal side. I could speak of that for a long time. The Eiffel Tower has a fractal aspect. I read the book that Mr. Eiffel wrote about his tower, and indeed it was astonishing how much he understood.

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