Introducing Fractals

Introducing Fractals : A Graphic Guide

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Fractals are the geometry of the natural world. They're about the broken, wrinkled, wiggly world- the uneven shapes of nature, unlike the idealised forms of Euclidean geometry. We see fractals everywhere; indeed, we are fractals ourselves.


Fractal geometry is an extension of classical geometry which can make precise models of physical structures, from ferns to galaxies. It can describe the shape of a cloud as precisely as an architect can describe a house.



Introducing Fractals traces the historical development of this mathematical discipline, explores its descriptive powers in the natural world, and then looks at the applications and the implications of the discoveries it has made.




As John Archibald Wheeler, protege of Niels Bohr, friend of Albert Einstein and mentor of Richard Feynman has said, 'No one will be considered scientifically literate tomorrow, who is not familiar with fractals.'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 117 x 167 x 13mm | 159g
  • Duxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1848310870
  • 9781848310872
  • 140,251

About Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon

Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon is a producer of television documentaries. Will Rood studied mathematics at Cambridge University. His fractal animations have graced many television documentaries and his artwork has featured on numerous magazines, posters and CD sleeves. Ralph Edney trained as a mathematician, and has worked as a teacher, journalist, illustrator and political cartoonist.
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See page 39, last sentence (and last line of text on the page): the size of the new triangle will be 1/4, not 1/2, of that of the original triangle, if by size you mean area. The length of the sides of the new triangle will be half the length of the sides of the original triangle...show more
by Barzali
Fractals can be difficult to wrap your head around and this book did a great job in explaining them to a reader with a basic knowledge of maths. I found this book to be thought provoking but found that sometimes concepts were not explored deeply enough to provide the reader with the tools to fully understand the concepts and diagrams being presented. It did however instill a sense of wonder and curiosity that urges the reader to continue on their journey by reading the 'Suggested Readings' at the end. This book is one that will have a beautiful impact on the way that you view the natural world around you. Highly Recommended.show more
by Meow-Ludo
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