An essential topic of study for mathematics students
Looks at the historical roots of fractal theory
Explains the basic concepts of fractal geometry with the minimum of mathematics
Helps explain the concepts by illustrating a number of different fractals
Examines a wide range of the applications across the sciences, and in aspects of economics
Many are familiar with the beauty and ubiquity of fractal forms within nature. Unlike the study of smooth forms such as spheres, fractal geometry describes more familiar shapes and patterns, such as the complex contours of coastlines, the outlines of clouds, and the branching of trees.
In this Very Short Introduction, Kenneth Falconer looks at the roots of the 'fractal revolution' that occurred in mathematics in the 20th century, presents the 'new geometry' of fractals, explains the basic concepts, and explores the wide range of applications in science, and in aspects of economics.
This is essential introductory reading for students of mathematics and science, and those interested in popular science and mathematics.
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Readership: Ideal for students of mathematics and science at both A-level and undergraduate level, as well as general readers interested in popular science and mathematics.