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Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications Paperback – November 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0470848623 ISBN-10: 0470848626 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470848626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470848623
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The new edition describes recent developments, bearing in mind the rapid spread of the subject, in particular multifractal theory.” (Mathematika, No.50, 2005)

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An accessible introduction to fractals, useful as a text or reference. Part I is concerned with the general theory of fractals and their geometry, covering dimensions and their methods of calculation, plus the local form of fractals and their projections and intersections. Part II contains examples of fractals drawn from a wide variety of areas in mathematics and physics, including self-similar and self-affine sets, graphs of functions, examples from number theory and pure mathematics, dynamical systems, Julia sets, random fractals, and some physical applications. Also contains many diagrams and illustrative examples, includes computer drawings of fractals, and shows how to produce further drawings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo Vargas on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I appreciate Falconer's books on fractal geometry because they show the topic as it really is: a whole mathematical discipline on its own right and not just a nice temporary fashion.
It begins introducing basic topological concepts and then proceeds to develop the theory for several possible definitions of fractal dimension, showing the relations between them. Then it explores deeply the local geometry of different kinds of fractal objects, and studies some other geometrical situations, like the pojection of fractals (ever thought of a DIGITAL sundial? Here it is described!).
The book also includes a lot of applications to other areas of mathematics and physics, a great amount of graphics, and much more.
The text is suitable from third year undergraduate school and on. It is a larger but lighter version of "The Geometry of Fractal Sets".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Palle E T Jorgensen VINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
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Fractals make headlines from time to time[--are they everywhere?], and and they make lovely color pictures; but they are also part of a substantial mathematical theory, one with an
exciting mathematical history. This very important book presents
the subject in a way that it can be taught to students, and it starts with the basics, systematically, step by step, building up the material. Or it can be used for selfstudy! It has great exercises too! In view of the many applications to geometric analysis, to PDE, and to statistics, it is likely that fractal geometry will soon be a standard math course taught in many (more) math departments. By now it is widely recognized that the selfsimilarity aspects of the wavelet algorithms are key to their sucess. The book came out in 1990, and the author has an equally attractive book on the subject from 1985[The geometry of fractal sets] with a slightly more potential theoretic bent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Uhlig on August 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
The first part of the book is essentially of a theoretical nature, with a thorough treatment of fractal geometry at a mathematical point of view. The second part on the other hand provides a flavour of the problems of fractal geometry in practice...so mathematicians as well as people interested in applications only should both find this book interesting. The maths are not easy but quite "understandable" for science undergrads...some notions of calculus or topology would help... but the introduction is excellent and allows anyone to follow the course of the book (but for understanding the proofs a good math background is required).
Excellent for understanding the geometrical properties of fractals.
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