W. H. Freeman and Company
August 15, 1982
Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, lightning does not travel in a straight line. The complexity of nature’s shapes differs in kind, not merely degree, from that of the shapes of ordinary geometry. To describe such shapes, Benoit Mandelbrot conceived and developed a new geometry, the geometry of fractal shapes.
Now that the field has expanded greatly with many active researchers, Mandelbrot presents the definitive overview of the origins of his ideas and their new applications. The Fractal Geometry of Nature is based on his highly acclaimed earlier work, but has much broader and deeper coverage and more extensive illustrations.
Whether your interests lie in nature and its shapes, in art, science, or geometry itself, The Fractal Geometry of Nature will delight and inspire you.
Benoit B. Mandelbrot, an IBM Fellow at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorkton Heights, New York, and a Professor of Mathematics at Yale, has been hailed as “the father of fractals.” He belongs to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the 1985 Barnard Medal for Meritorious Service to Science and the 1986 Franklin Medal for Original and Eminent Service in Science. His research has concentrated on extreme and unpredictable irregularity in natural phenomena in the physical, social, and biological sciences.