The Fractal Geometry of Nature

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The Fractal Geometry of Nature
The Fractal Geometry of Nature - bookcover.jpg
Author Benoît Mandelbrot
Country United States
Language English
Subject Mathematics
Genre Science
Publisher W. H. Freeman and Co.
Publication date
Media type book
ISBN 0-7167-1186-9

The Fractal Geometry of Nature is a book published in 1982 by the Franco-American mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot.

It is a revised and enlarged version of his 1977 book entitled Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension, which in turn was a revised, enlarged, and translated version of his 1975 French book, Les Objects Fractals: Forme, Hasard et Dimension. The books together comprise one of the ten most influential scientific essays of the 20th century.[1]

The impact and persuasiveness of these three books in the scientific community were significantly enhanced using mathematically accurate, computer-drawn illustrations created by programmers working with Mandelbrot, primarily at IBM Research. Early drawings were low-resolution black and white; later drawings were higher resolution and in color, corresponding to the nascent and then quickly evolving computer graphic machinery of the times.

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  1. ^ American Scientist magazine, 1999.