Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos: Discovering a New Aesthetic of Art, Science, and Nature (A Touchstone Book)
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Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos: Discovering a New Aesthetic of Art, Science, and Nature (A Touchstone Book)

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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.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Simon & Schuster
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Joshua
The butterfly effect, nonlinear functions Vs. Linear, turbulence, fractal art, chaos theory, strange attractors, juxtapositions, reflectaphors, and so many more intriguing topics were discussed in this book.

The ones I find most interesting are Hyperion’s strange, unpredictable orbit around Jupiter, which since the times of Newton has remained unexplained. Fractals in general can be used to explain so many aspects of reality. It is a great fortune to have computers capable of rendering and displ...more
Alice
John Briggs takes us on a magical journey into the world of fractals and to the limits of the human imagination. A marvelous marriage of science, mathematics, nature, and art.

"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 gu...more
Cosmic Tree
Physics and advanced mathematics are so interesting. For me, I like the 'for dummies' approach - I like to watch Nova, I like to read books, there is no way you would catch me in a math class beyond what was required. I am a scientist but I am much of of an ideas-words-and-pictures type than an endlessly observe, minute data points, churn out some equations type. That said, I am also an art fanatic, especially for things involving sacred geometry and fractals. This book was a gift to my husband...more
Mary
I liked the way this book was organized. It made the science more accessible for me, a non-mathematician and non-physicist. The photographs and visual images are phenomenal and are what drew me to this book in the first place. I particularly appreciated the 3 sections at the end that dealt with the overlap of fractals and the arts, visual arts in particular.
Raenuka Mallikarjun
Fractals are a very beautiful thing in this world. They are all around us. It shows that fractals are in nature around us. It shows us that mathematics are around us. I like this book because it makes the reader think about things as they walk around in the world.
Petra X
All pattern and colour and nothing behind it. I like very abstract art (being an artist myself) but there seemed to be no artistic sense in choosing the pictures and, seemingly without theme, it left me cold.,
Barbara
Awesome book. I like it specifically for the visual aspect of math as art. It opened my mind to observation of natural patterns in nature.
Jimmy
Great pictures, not advanced mathematics. More appropriate for younger students interested in seeing math in a different persepctive.
TheDenizen
Some lovely pictures, but the "Chaos Theory for Dummies" approach leaves me kinda cold.
Marcia
Lovely explanation of fractals that speaks to the layman and the expert
Karie
Really fantastic, if not WAY over my head. Oh physics, why do I love you so?!
Alice
a good primer
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