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Chaos and Fractals: New Frontiers of Science

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Almost 12 years have passed by since we wrote Chaos and Fractals. At the time we were hoping that our approach of writing a book which would be both accessible without mathematical sophistication and portray these exiting new fields in an authentic manner would find an audience. Now we know it did. We know from many reviews and personal letters that the book is used in a w ...more
Hardcover, 864 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Springer (first published January 1st 1992)
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Peter Mcloughlin
Very well written and digestible tome on Chaos and fractals. Gently introduces the reader to a rather high level of mathematics without breaking a sweat.
Jan 31, 2015 Walter rated it it was amazing
Chaos theory is one of the most powerful and least understood paradigms to have emerged in natural science in the last 50 years. Developed in the 1980s and expanded in the 1990s, Chaos theory challenges the notion that complex processes that scientists see in such fields as physics, geology, biology and economics are not the results of random processes but are actually deterministic phenomena, the result of complicated conditions. The exciting part of this theory is that, unlike stochastic pheno ...more
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Jan 27, 2015 Charles Frode rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wanna understand chaos theory and fractals? Who doesn't? Seriously, this college level text is full of wonderfully succinct explanations about how life unfolds according (chaos) and the wonderful patterns or structures it leaves (fractals). Check out Feigenbaum's constant if you want to understand the evolution of everything. Seriously. Dense text, math, but it's worth the digging to get the jewels.
Ken Sharp
The authors of this book tried to take a branch of math and make it approachable for non-math people. Mostly they were successful in that, although it's a little hard to keep people interested through a very dense, 900+ page book.

Full disclosure: I didn't read the entire book word-for-word. I was mostly interested in the example programs at the end of each chapter. I took it upon myself to convert the BASIC code to javascript that can run in your browser. My results are here: http://sharpk60.blo
Jun 07, 2012 Krishna rated it really liked it
This was my first introduction to the theory of chaos and non linear dynamics. Provides a comprehensive approach to understanding chaos in many natural phenonomena happening around us, while keeping the reader interested
May 27, 2012 Asgar rated it it was amazing
Very hard read. To be honest, I'm only two-thirds a way through it.
I'm keeping more as a reference book, which is what it's meant to be for in the first place...
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Beautifully written and illustrated with tons of cool stuff. Discusses many topics which can be explored independently.
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Peitgen studied mathematics, physics and economics from 1965 until 1971 in Bonn, later working for six years at the Institute for Applied Mathematics at the University of Bonn under Christian Fenske, where he received his PhD in 1973. His doctoral dissertation was Asymptotische Fixpunktsätze und Stabilität (en: Asymptotic fixed-point theorems and stability).

After receiving his habilitation in 1977
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