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Manfred Schroeder: Making Order Out of Chaos
Manfred Schroeder (1926–2009) was a German physicist who divided his professional time between Bell Labs and The University of Gottingen. He was a world-renowned authority on acoustics and held numerous patents in many fields. Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws: Minutes from an Infinite Paradise, reprinted by Dover in 2009, is a feast for the reader with a grasp of algebra and some calculus. He or she will find much to enjoy and think about between the covers of this unique book.
Critical Acclaim for Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws:
"Readers of James Gleick's 1989 bestseller, Chaos, The Making of a New Science, will find the revolution predicted there in full swing in this advanced look at 'self-similarity,' one of chaos theory's most appealing applications. Self-similarity in computer graphics yields the awesome fractal mountain patterns that have made chaos a visible theory for many nonmathematicians. Readers with good command of calculus and some physics will appreciate how far chaos theory has penetrated theoretical physics, biology and the practice of research as described in puns, illustrations and puzzles by this 20th-century Lewis Carroll. Without those skills, however, readers may stand like Alice before a small door that opens on strange new wonders of the physical world, the extended horizons of number theory and advanced math recreation." — Publisher’s Weekly
"As notable as the book's broad sweep is the author's good-natured, humorous presentation. The willing reader can sit back and enjoy an all-encompassing, irrepressibly enthusiastic tour, ranging from psycho-physics to quasicrystals, from gambling strategies to Bach concertos, from the construction of Cantor Sets to the design of concert halls" — Physics Today
"Such a richness of topics and amazing splendor of illustrations." — Mathematics Magazine
This is a one of the best semi-technical mathematics books I ever read.
If you are still interested after reading this book, but you want a little help with your maths then I'd recommend "Chaos Theory Tamed" by Garnett P. Williams.
It must be difficult to write a book on a subject so intrinsically mathematical while retaining a healthy, comprehensible tone with a twist of the ridiculous.
This is a fine review of the subject with a nice balance between qualitative and quantitative aspects of fractals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by s. berger
I got what I'd wanted, but it isn't written the way that I expected. I don't mind the math, but it's the general organization that's problematic.Published 18 months ago by cygnus.x1
I did glean a few interesting bits from this, so for that it gets two stars, but my comments are mostly negative. Read morePublished 20 months ago by a reader
Book was too mathematically challenging for me (a mere college graduate). One needs to have a PhD in physics and/or math to understand it! Read morePublished 22 months ago by nancymat
This book is an extraordinarily well written and presented introduction to fractals and power laws. It has a far deeper mathematical level and requires more time and effort to... Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Secluded Path
What a head-trip! While the Pearly Gates of Paradise may be more than a few minutes away, you are almost certain to enjoy the journey with this book in hand. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by Mathew Titus