The Fractal Geometry of Nature

The Fractal Geometry of Nature


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"...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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  • Hardback | 460 pages
  • 204 x 230 x 36mm | 1,059.98g
  • 18 Nov 1982
  • W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
  • New York
  • English, German
  • Updated ed.
  • 0716711869
  • 9780716711865
  • 78,231

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Author Information

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.

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"A rarity: a picture book of sophisticated contemporary research ideas in mathematics."--Douglas Hofstadter, author of "Godel, Escher, Bach"

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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.

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