- Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 460 pages
- Language: English / German
- Dimensions: 204mm x 230mm x 36mm | 1,060g
- Publication date: 18 November 1982
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0716711869
- ISBN 13: 9780716711865
- Edition statement: Updated ed.
- Sales rank: 80,328
"...a blend of erudition (fascinating and sometimes obscure historical minutiae abound), popularization (mathematical rigor is relegated to appendices) and exposition (the reader need have little knowledge of the fields involved) ...and the illustrations include many superb examples of computer graphics that are works of art in their own right." Nature
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Benoit Mandelbrot is the Abraham Robinson Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Yale University and IBM Fellow Emeritus at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
"A rarity: a picture book of sophisticated contemporary research ideas in mathematics."--Douglas Hofstadter, author of "Godel, Escher, Bach"
Back cover copy
Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, and lightning does not travel in a straight line. The complexity of nature's shapes differs in kind, not merely degree, from that of the shapes of ordinary geometry. To describe such shapes, this author conceived and developed a new geometry, the geometry of fractal shapes. This book is based on his highly acclaimed earlier work, but has much broader and deeper coverage and more extensive illustrations.