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on 24 May 2017
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on 12 November 2002
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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on 18 June 2012
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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VINE VOICEon 23 January 2009
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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on 2 May 2014
Excellent book, well written. Goes into detail and description and is easy to understand. It is very easy to reference.
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on 19 October 2013
As stated above, Benoit Mandelbrot is awesome and this is a great book. It explains Fractal Geometry both for tourists in the world of mathematics and for people who actually know what they're talking about. Benoit is not just a great mathematician but a man with a visionary mind who is fascinated with how we can go about describing and understanding the world we live in. The book does feel a little chaotic in it's construction in places but with a mind like his and a subject like this one is it kind of to be expected really. If you are an outsider to the world of serious mathematics there sections where you will have to bear with, skip over and come back to or just google the fancy words and mostly he warns you when he's wading into difficult technical side alleys. Some of the Kindle formatting is not brilliant with the images, but mostly it is fine. Over all it's a great read.
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on 5 October 2011
Great book, especially if you are interested in the work of Mandelbrot. Not as accessible as I originally hoped - it assumes that the reader is already familiar with the work of several other Mathematicians; So you may find yourself, like me doing a lot of research into other relevant publications before you can sit down and comprehend the context of this book ... I still haven't to be honest but I am really interested in the authors work so endeavour to complete the book and put it's principles to work.
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on 15 November 2015
A great interesting read on an intersting topic
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on 10 October 2015
The book was for my son he loved it.
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on 1 May 2013
Much food for thought here. It fires interest and is a book I shall pick up regularly to refresh my mind.
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