Description 
xiv, 209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm 
Series 
Princeton science library 

Princeton science library.

Contents 
Counting and number systems  Numbers and points  Meanders and fractals  Spirals, trees, and stars  The analysis of a fractal  Chance in fractals  Poincaré, Julia, Mandelbrot  Making your own fractals  Appendix A. Complex numbers  Appendix B. Programs 
Summary 
Fractals are shapes in which an identical motif repeats itself on an ever diminishing scale. A coastline, for instance, is a fractal, with each bay or headland having its own smaller bays and headlandsas is a tree with a trunk that separates into two smaller side branches, which in their turn separate into side branches that are smaller still. No longer mathematical curiosities, fractals are now a vital subject of mathematical study, practical application, and popular interest. For readers interested in graphic design, computers, and science and mathematics in general, Hans Lauwerier provides an accessible introduction to fractals that makes only modest use of mathematical techniques. Lauwerier calls this volume a "book to work with." Readers with access to microcomputers can design new figures, as well as recreate famous examples. They can start with the final chapter, try out one of the programs described there (preferably in a compiled version such as TURBO BASIC), and consult the earlier chapters for whatever is needed to understand the fractals produced in this way. The first chapter, which builds on the relationship of binary number systems to the "tree fractal" described above, is the best place to start if one has no computer. There will be much to enjoy on the way, including the beautiful color illustrations 
Notes 
Series statement from jacket 

Translation of: Fractals 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references 
Subject 
Fractals.


Fractals  Computer programs.


Fractals.

LC no. 
90040842 
ISBN 
0691024456 

069108551X 

9780691024455 

9780691085517 
