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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to Fractals
The passing of Benoit Mandelebrot in October 2010 prompted my renewed interest in Fractals. The mathematics is last year high school/first degree level, and is very readable. However, you do not need to follow all the maths to appreciate the themes covered. Overall, it makes you very much aware of the order underlying the natural world as opposed to man's rather dull...
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3.0 out of 5 stars great intro, but not much more
If this book is only trying to bring "literacy" of fractals to the general reader, then yes it does a great job, particularly in getting across a feeling for the subject.

However, for those readers who are a little more inquisitive or challenging, the book will fail. But to be fair that's not what the book sets out to do.

For me the book spent too...
Published on 30 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to Fractals, 22 Nov. 2010
The passing of Benoit Mandelebrot in October 2010 prompted my renewed interest in Fractals. The mathematics is last year high school/first degree level, and is very readable. However, you do not need to follow all the maths to appreciate the themes covered. Overall, it makes you very much aware of the order underlying the natural world as opposed to man's rather dull Euclidean shapes.

I found the pictures and narrative very helpful, particularly the historic context and the applications of fractals in modern technology. Mandelbot was a great visionary, and this book widens your thought horizon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Fractal?, 13 Sept. 2010
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P. R. Owen "Bury Pedr" (Bury, Lancs. UK) - See all my reviews
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This is not going to be long, but it deserves to be mentioned that this little book on fractals is worthy of interfacing with a large number of young mathematicians and physicists who might one day be worthy of carrying on the splendid work of people like Mandelbrot, Barnsley, et al who have brought fractals via computers to the attention of the world. A highly recommended opener which could act as a catalyst for others to take forward the connection between reality and fractality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great intro, but not much more, 30 Mar. 2012
If this book is only trying to bring "literacy" of fractals to the general reader, then yes it does a great job, particularly in getting across a feeling for the subject.

However, for those readers who are a little more inquisitive or challenging, the book will fail. But to be fair that's not what the book sets out to do.

For me the book spent too much of its content giving examples of fractal-like structure - but was way too loose in its correctness, which to a trained mind (or a pedantic mind) will get very annoying.

It begs interesting questions but doesn't discuss them - leaving a great sense of feeling unfulfilled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comic book, but serious content!, 12 Nov. 2011
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What a great intro to fractal theory (for someone like me who needs pictures!). Sadly I still don't understand it, but am enjoying trying.
If anyone knows of a "Fractal Theory for Dummies" book please let me know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 4 Feb. 2014
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The book was much thicker than I anticipated, and went into great detail about the origins and mathematical principles surrounding fractals. So It was very much worth the money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick visual introduction into fractals., 25 Oct. 2013
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A general introduction in a pocket book with references to the main points in fractals. A short but helpful introduction to fractals and chaos theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time, 29 April 2014
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The book is interesting but does not necessarily make the issue any easier to understand from the mathematical point of view.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, 1 May 2013
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Did not go deep enough into the subject and waltzed on with a 'let's scratch the surface' attitude. Dig deeper or leave alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really what I was expecting, 20 Mar. 2013
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Not really a book ideal for learning about Fractals as it goes into too little details about the concepts. If you're after a book that introduces the basic concepts to a child, then by all means purchase this but if you require something more academically geared, this book is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another AGG hit, 3 Dec. 2012
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Simply good. It does exactly what it says on the cover. Accessible by people of all levels of science understanding.
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