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The Fractal Geometry of Nature [Hardcover]

Benoit B. Mandelbrot
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18 Nov 1982
"...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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  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd (18 Nov 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716711869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716711865
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 20.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal and beautiful 12 Nov 2002
By Cito
Beauty and mathematics are often perceived as distant concepts by most people. The mathematically gifted would always refute such idea by stating that it is precisely elegance what guides many mathematical endeavors. Mandelbrot made it possible for fractal images to jump from obscure labs to the general knowledge. Many people since regard mathematics somehow with a different perspective.
Although the book requires some basic knowledge of math it is not difficult to follow. The extensive illustrations make it enjoyable even as a coffee-table decorative object.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A review on the book -- not on Mandelbrot 18 Jun 2012
By Assela
Mandelbrot is the person who introduced the fractal theory to the world in its present form. Many fields of science including geophysics have gained from fractals. However, this is not the book one should read to gain knowledge on the subject.
It is not an easily readable book. 1. It is not well-organized 2. It does not cover necessary things in detail 3. Frustratingly long in some parts. Instead the books: Feder, Fractals; Turcotte, Fractals and Chaos in Geology and Geophysics can be recommended.

Fractal geometry may be interesting as a historical book, after one gains a sufficient knowledge on fractals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 2 May 2014
By mv
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Excellent book, well written. Goes into detail and description and is easy to understand. It is very easy to reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fractal is by definition 30 Mar 2010
By bernie VINE VOICE
A set for which the Hausdorff Besicovitch dimension strictly exceeds the topological dimension.

The definition of a fractal pretty much sets the tone for the book. There are mostly definitions and monochrome diagrams to explain the more classical fractals. The book does shows some practical geometric uses for fractals but I would not let it get anywhere near my Koch Curve.

I am not being kind to this book as there is a color section in the center. That shows "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-12849.) And an extensive reference section.

The book its self could easily be used as a text book for school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provoking and thought provoking 23 Jan 2009
By Alun Williams VINE VOICE
This book is really a collection of disparate, fascinating, and occasionally tendentious essays written over a long period by the man after whom the world's most famous fractal is named.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, and since it is now quite old, many of the illustrations are beginning to acquire a period charm. It is perhaps a book that will be most appreciated by the (very) intelligent general reader: it is not the best starting point if one actually wants to learn how to construct fractals or perform computations relating to them. However, readers who learn from this book what Mandelbrot is trying to teach, will begin to see many aspects of the world in a new way.
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