The Fractal Geometry of Nature

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Echo Point Books & Media, LLC., Jul 16, 2021 - 490 pages

The Essential Guide that Introduced Fractals to the World

Explore the wondrously complex repeating shapes of the natural world in The Fractal Geometry of Nature. Written in a style that is accessible to a wide audience, computer scientist, professor, mathematician, economist, and visionary Benoit B Mandelbrot's fascinating work has inspired popular interest in the geometry inherent in the natural world.

Unlike the squares, circles, spheres, and cones of fundamental geometry, nature has rough edges and no straight lines or perfect curves. Mandelbrot observed that, even with this roughness, there still exists a kind of symmetry, which he dedicated his work to document and study. This became the basis for his development of a new kind of geometry; indeed, he coined the term "fractal."

Mandelbrot spent 35 years with IBM, which allowed him access to the level of computing power that would enable him to manipulate computer-generated images and develop his theory of a geometry found throughout our natural environment. He was among the first to use computer graphics to illustrate and test these kinds of concepts, demonstrating that natural phenomena which appear to be rough or chaotic actually have a certain degree of order and predictability.

This definitive overview builds on Mandelbrot's 1977 work, Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension (also published by Echo Point Books), revealing an in depth look at this still-emerging field. Richly illustrated and presented in an engaging manner which embraces geometric and visual dimensions interspersed with aspects of theory, this book will inspire curiosity and wonder in artists, mathematicians and naturalists alike.

This book is also available from Echo Point Books in hardcover (ISBN 1648370403).

Be sure to check out Benoit Mandelbrot's other definitive work, also availabe from Echo Point books: Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension (use the web address https: //www.amazon.com/dp/1635619025/).

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I read this in high school, and finally picked up a copy many years later when I wandered across it in a used bookstore. To be honest, though, this is one of the books that sits on my shelf because a ... Read full review

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Well, it's a classic -- and Mandelbrot's idea of "fractals" is certainly a powerful one. I just wish he had decided to work with a co-author on this one. James Gleick and Ivars Peterson do a much ... Read full review

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About the author (2021)

Benoit Mandelbrot was a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and the University of Paris, and received a masters degree in aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology. In 1958 he joined the IBM Thomas J. Research Council, where he was an IBM Fellow, taking periodic leaves to teach at Harvard University as Visiting Professor of Economics, and, later, of applied mathematics. He also taught at Yale, the University of Paris-Sud, M.I.T., and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, Trumbull Lecturer at Yale, Samuel Wilks Lecturer at Princeton, and Abraham Wald Lecturer at Columbia. It was as Lecturer at Collège de France that he gave in 1973 and 1974 the lessons which eventually were developed into the present essay; he discovered the Mandelbrot set in 1980 through his use of the computing power available to him at IBM.

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