9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Complex, but excellent,
By A Customer
This review is from: Chaos and Fractals (Hardcover)
While Chaos and Fractals isn't really a book for the layman, I highly recommend it for those of you out there who want a deep and comprehensive look at these things. I've read several fractal books, some simple (FractalVision: Making Fractals Work For You), some highly mathematical (Fractal Image Compression, Science of Fractals), but this is easily the best of the lot, not only for in-depth but understandable reading, but also for separation. If you only want to learn about bifurcation in repeated iteration, or only about strange attractors, just pick the appropriate chapter. If you don't want to know about the more complex proofs, skip them; they're in small print and set off with lines to mark them as optional.
I do recommend some mathematical education and an interest in (not necessarily a talent for) proofs to get the most from this book. They cite a lot of stuff that you probably haven't seen before if you haven't had some college calculus, at least the basics. And you won't understand the more complex stuff (basic topology, mainly) unless you've had some kind of proofs-based calc course. However, even without that, it's a _really_ neat book. There's a lot here that even the layman can understand, it's just that he'll be intimidated by the set-off parts that prove the results he's only skimming.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about fractals, or thinks they might try to be so in the future. It will take quite some time for even a dedicated fractal enthusiast to become bored with the book, even if it's the only one you own.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2009 11:46:30 BDT
Philip F. Purser says:
This is the sort of review which of real help to anyone considering a purchase but is unsure of its suitabilty.
So many merely record praise or condemnation of a book whilst this reviewer provides valuable information clearly based on a considerable knowledge of the subject matter.
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