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The Fractal Geometry of Nature Hardcover – January 1, 1982


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Imagine an equilateral triangle. Now, imagine smaller equilateral triangles perched in the center of each side of the original triangle--you have a Star of David. Now, place still smaller equilateral triangles in the center of each of the star's 12 sides. Repeat this process infinitely and you have a Koch snowflake, a mind-bending geometric figure with an infinitely large perimeter, yet with a finite area. This is an example of the kind of mathematical puzzles that this book addresses.

The Fractal Geometry of Nature is a mathematics text. But buried in the deltas and lambdas and integrals, even a layperson can pick out and appreciate Mandelbrot's point: that somewhere in mathematics, there is an explanation for nature. It is not a coincidence that fractal math is so good at generating images of cliffs and shorelines and capillary beds.

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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Times Books; 2nd prt. edition (January 1, 1982)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 468 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0716711869
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0716711865
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.48 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.28 x 1.41 x 9.33 inches
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