Mathematician Gasto Julia, Discoverer of the 'Julia Set'
geometrical calculations. He wore a leather mask after
losing his nose during combat in World War I
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Gaston Maurice Julia (February 3, 1893 – March 19,
1978) was a French
who devised the formula for the Julia set. His
works were later popularized in the
1990’s by French mathematician Benoît
Mandelbrot. Julia Sets and
Mandelbrot fractals are closely related.
Julia was born in the Algeria, at the time governed by
the French. During his youth, he had an
interest in mathematics and music. He
was 21 years old when France
became involved with World War I and
he was conscripted to serve with the army. During an attack he suffered a
severe injury, losing his nose. After many unsuccessful operations to remedy
the situation the Journal de Mathématiques Pures et
Appliquées, he resigned himself to wearing a leather mask around
the area where his nose had been for the rest of his life.
Spectacular 'Julia Set' crop circle
Julia gained attention for his mathematical work after the war when a
199-page article he wrote was featured in, a French mathematics journal.
The article, which he published during 1918, at the age of 25 gained immense
popularity among mathematicians and the general public, which resulted in
Julia's later receiving of the Grand Prix de l'Académie des
Sciences award. Despite his fame, his works were mostly forgotten
until decades later, when another mathematician, Benoît Mandelbrot
mentioned them in his works.
Julia died in Paris
at the age of 85.
When Julia set calculations are depicted graphically, they result in beautiful
and spectacular geometric designs. These designs have frequently appeared
as ‘crop circles’ in ways that suggest they are the work of an alien
intelligence. For this reason they are referred to as ‘Julia Set’ crop circles.
Flying Saucers and alien beings have been seen in and around
these crop circles. Because of the extraterrestrial confirmation of his work,
Gaston Julia is once again becoming known and popular.
(Gaston Julia biographical data courtesy
of WikiMedia Data.)
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