The fractal geometry of nature

by Benoit B. Mandelbrot

Hardcover, 1982




San Francisco : W.H. Freeman, 1982.


Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, and lightening does not travel in a straight line. The complexity of nature's shapes differs in kind, not merely degree, from that of the shapes of ordinary geometry, the geometry of fractal shapes. Now that the field has expanded greatly with many active researchers, Mandelbrot presents the definitive overview of the origins of his ideas and their new applications.The Fractal Geometry of Nature is based on his highly acclaimed earlier work, but has much broader and deeper coverage and more extensive illustrations.

User reviews

LibraryThing member FlyByPC
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 better job of describing the science of fractals, IMHO. Kudos to Dr. Mandelbrot for discovering this new world, though!
LibraryThing member prosfilaes
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 mathematician has to have a copy of it, not because it is of any interest to me. There's too much fluff and belaboring here, and not enough clear explanation. For example, there is a color plate of a computer-generated planet, but no explanation of how it was created. "We can do this", but not much "here's how this is done." It left me frustrated in high school, and looking through it since then has done nothing to improve my opinion.… (more)



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