Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Kenneth Falconer

By Kenneth Falconer

From the contours of coastlines to the outlines of clouds, and the branching of bushes, fractal shapes are available in all places in nature.

In this Very brief advent, Kenneth Falconer explains the elemental thoughts of fractal geometry, which produced a revolution in our mathematical figuring out of styles within the 20th century, and explores the big variety of functions in technological know-how, and in facets of economics.

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