Synopses & Reviews
This book is based on notes for the course Fractals: Introduction, Basics and Perspectives given by Michael F. Barnsley, Robert L. Devaney, Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Dietmar Saupe and Richard F. Voss. The Course was chaired by Heinz-Otto Peitgen and was part of the SIGGRAPH '87 (Anaheim, California) course program. It is the first book which discusses fractals solely from the point of view of computer graphics. Though fundamental concepts and algorithms are not introduced and discussed in mathematical rigor, there was a serious attempt to justify and motivate wherever it appeared to be desirable. Basic algorithms are typically presented in pseudo-code or a description so close to code that a reader who is familiar with elementary computer graphics should find no problem in getting started.
Table of Contents
Foreword: People and Events Behind the "Science of Fractal Images"
Fractals in Nature: From Characterization to Simulation
Algorithms for Random Fractals
Color Plates and Captions
Fractal Patterns Arising in Chaotic Dynamical Systems
Fantastic Deterministic Fractals
Fractal Modelling of Real World Images
Fractal Landscapes Without Creases and with Rivers
An Eye for Fractals
A Unified Approach to Fractal Curves and Plants
Exploring the Mandelbrot Set