Saturday, December 22, 2012

Opening paragraphs....................

In peaceful and prosperous countries, the children of landowners, bakers, or bankers have an easy option: to follow in the family traditions and trade.  But I was born in Poland and my family came from Lithuania - neither peaceful nor prosperous.  As observed by a writer native to that part of Europe, Woe to the poet born in an interesting piece of geography in a violent time.
-Benoit B. Mandelbrot, The Fractalist:  Memoir of a Scientific Maverick

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