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Introducing Fractals: A Graphic Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/10/16
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From Zeno to Mandelbrot: explore this new language with which you can describe the shape of cloud as precisely as an architect can describe a house.
Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon is a producer of television documentaries. Will Rood studied mathematics at Cambridge University. His fractal animations have graced many television documentaries and his artwork has featured on numerous magazines, posters and CD sleeves. Ralph Edney trained as a mathematician, and has worked as a teacher, journalist, illustrator and political cartoonist.
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So if you want to understand the basic ideas behind fractals, and their significance, this is a decent intro. If you are looking for a quick, easy read, that won't require much thinking to get through, this might not be it. The nature of the material might make finding such a book a tall order.
The last half of the book deals with a general discussion of the applications of fractals, and I found it to be interesting and quite illuminating. It covers applications ranging from biology, and physics, to art, music and even finance. I found illustrations to be very helpful here, and they did help to illuminate the wide-ranging application of fractals.
If a general reader is willing to accept that they really do not understand exactly what is being discussed, but are more interested in possible applications, then they would likely rate the book higher than 3 stars, I just was expecting more. I found that Stewart's "Does God Play Dice?" to do a much better job of explaining the concepts covered in this book.