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Fractals are unique patterns left behind by the unpredictable movements — the chaos — of the world at work. The branching patterns of trees, the veins in a hand, water twisting out of a running tap — all of these are fractals. Learn to recognize them and you will never again see things in quite the same way.

Fractals permeate our lives, appearing in places as tiny as the surface of a virus and as majestic as the Grand Canyon. From ancient tribal peoples to modern painters to the animators of Star Wars, artists have been captivated by fractals and have utilized them in their work. Computer buffs are wild about fractals as well, for they can be generated on ordinary home computers.

In Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, science writer John Briggs uses over 170 illustrations to clearly explain the significance — and more importantly, the beauty — of fractals. He describes how fractals were discovered, how they are formed, and the unique properties different fractals share. Fractals is a breathtaking guided tour of a brand new aesthetic of art, science, and nature. It will revolutionize the way you see the world and your place within it.

x Contains a special bibliography listing fractal generating software for desktop computers

Synopsis:

Scientists have discovered that systems in transitional states between order and chaos possess certain patterns with unique, predictable qualities. These patterns are called "fractals". In essence, they are visual images or pictures of chaos at work. Now comes a breathtaking visual tour of this exciting new scientific frontier. 207 photographs, 178 in full color; 49 line drawings.

Synopsis:

Fractals are unique patterns left behind by the unpredictable movements — the chaos — of the world at work. The branching patterns of trees, the veins in a hand, water twisting out of a running tap — all of these are fractals. Learn to recognize them and you will never again see things in quite the same way.

Fractals permeate our lives, appearing in places as tiny as the surface of a virus and as majestic as the Grand Canyon. From ancient tribal peoples to modern painters to the animators of Star Wars, artists have been captivated by fractals and have utilized them in their work. Computer buffs are wild about fractals as well, for they can be generated on ordinary home computers.

In Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, science writer John Briggs uses over 170 illustrations to clearly explain the significance — and more importantly, the beauty — of fractals. He describes how fractals were discovered, how they are formed, and the unique properties different fractals share. Fractals is a breathtaking guided tour of a brand new aesthetic of art, science, and nature. It will revolutionize the way you see the world and your place within it.

* Contains a special bibliography listing fractal generating software for desktop computers

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187) and index.

About the Author

John Briggs is a science writer with a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Psychology. His work has appeared in Omni, and he is the author of Fire in the Crucible and coauthor of Turbulent Mirror. He is currently at wok on his next book, The Universe as a Work of Art.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction
A Planet of Living Fractals
Of Camels, Straws, and Fractals
The Fractals and Chaos of Outer Space
Our Weather Today is Chaos
Between Things: Fractal Dimensions
The Haunting Mandelbrot Set
Fractal Math Imitations, both Fanciful and Real
Chaos and Symmetry Hybrids
Chaos Sculpts Fractal Landscapes
Spirals, Solitons, and Self-Organizing Chaos
Feedback and Iteration: The Heartbeat of Chaos
The Human Body is a Fractal Creation
The Folded Order of Turbulence
Visualizing Chaos as a Strange Attractor
The Art of Abstract Images from Fractal Math
The New Geometry of Irregularity
Great Art's Fractal Secrets
Coda: Living With Unpredictability's Shapes
Creating Fractals on Home Computers
Contributors' Biographies
Suggested Reading
Image Credits
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671742171
Author:
Briggs, John
Publisher:
Touchstone
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Fractals
Subject:
Topology - Fractals
Subject:
General Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
19921101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
178 4/C,29 B/W FOTOS;49 LINE
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10 x 12 in 35.245 oz

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Product details 192 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780671742171 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Scientists have discovered that systems in transitional states between order and chaos possess certain patterns with unique, predictable qualities. These patterns are called "fractals". In essence, they are visual images or pictures of chaos at work. Now comes a breathtaking visual tour of this exciting new scientific frontier. 207 photographs, 178 in full color; 49 line drawings.
"Synopsis" by , Fractals are unique patterns left behind by the unpredictable movements — the chaos — of the world at work. The branching patterns of trees, the veins in a hand, water twisting out of a running tap — all of these are fractals. Learn to recognize them and you will never again see things in quite the same way.

Fractals permeate our lives, appearing in places as tiny as the surface of a virus and as majestic as the Grand Canyon. From ancient tribal peoples to modern painters to the animators of Star Wars, artists have been captivated by fractals and have utilized them in their work. Computer buffs are wild about fractals as well, for they can be generated on ordinary home computers.

In Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, science writer John Briggs uses over 170 illustrations to clearly explain the significance — and more importantly, the beauty — of fractals. He describes how fractals were discovered, how they are formed, and the unique properties different fractals share. Fractals is a breathtaking guided tour of a brand new aesthetic of art, science, and nature. It will revolutionize the way you see the world and your place within it.

* Contains a special bibliography listing fractal generating software for desktop computers

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