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Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos: Discovering a New Aesthetic of Art, Science, and Nature (A Touchstone Book)

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David Bohm physicist and author of Wholeness and the Implicate Order With insight and simplicity, John Briggs blends together chaos theory, fractal geometry, and art in order to bring us to a greater perception of the reality unfolding and enfolding around us....Exceptionally clear about the science. -- Review

About the Author

John Briggs is a science writer with a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Psychology. His work has appeared in Omni, and he is the author of Fire in the Crucible and coauthor of Turbulent Mirror. He is currently at wok on his next book, The Universe as a Work of Art.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671742175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671742171
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on May 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I don't know enough about the mathematics of fractals to agree with the reader below who points out the author's lack of qualifications, but even with small mistakes like those, the book is a terrific introduction that requires no technical background. The author does an excellent job explaining not just how fractals were discovered and how to calculate them, but also how artists, writers, poets, and scientist use this information to explain and interpret the world around them. Most books I've read on fractals have a narrow focus. Also, with so many illustrations (this is a gorgeous book), layman explanations and far reaching applications, even the average reader can appreciate the beauty and power of fractals. I could not put it down and then had to start all over again!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
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I just finished this book and wanted something to introduce me to fractal geomerty and chaos theory without having to be a mathematician, physicist, etc. This book is a fascinating trip through the fractal world we live in, written in layman's language, with lots of gorgeous pictures from the worlds of nature, art, science, computer graphics, and space. It describes clearly how these worlds interact, how fractal geometry differs from traditional geometry and how we're on the brink of exciting new discoveries. The ultimate recommendation is I got it for my dad (a retired math teacher) for Father's Day and he really liked it! Easy to read and leaves you anxious for more.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Justo S. on February 29, 2000
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You will not learn how to make a fractal in this book, but it will make you be interested in the field. The pictures are really a marvelous example of fractals and their explanation is just nice. I've bought one for me and one as a present.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Hadley West on October 30, 2004
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This book brings a comprehensive and visually intriguing approach to the study of fractal geometry and the chaos theory. Through thought provoking imagery and discernible explanations & comparisons, John Briggs has sparked my curiosity where I now look more closely at the world around me. I believe this book is intended to captivate those with the ability to visualize and appreciate the aesthetics and interconnectedness of the arts, sciences and the natural phenomena that surrounds us. An insightful & visually stimulating read!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27, 2000
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As a teacher of science, I found Briggs's work to be a good example of accessible writing about a subject which, although of interest to many, is made abstruse by too many writers. The disdainful attitude towards the public of an unfortunate number of people in the sciences, including one who has posted here, is one reason that sciences are not as well-funded as they might be with greater popular support. Bravo for Briggs for bringing science to the average intelligent and curious reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on January 9, 2008
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Technically this book is good. The images, however, are staggeringly beautiful. I think Dr. Briggs teaches esthetics, which is the study of beauty. Of any book on fractals I have read, this is by far the most beautiful. I really liked this book, so much I donated it to the library of my alma mater.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esperanza on July 15, 2012
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I really enjoyed the images in this book. They were really inspiring. The author must have spent a lot of time gathering all the images. Some reviewers wanted to criticize his alleged lack of credentials. Good, go out and do a better book, since you know so much. What? You can't? SO why are you criticizing those who do excellent work? Point out deficiencies in the text, not those in your own worldview.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
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This book is more art than science. It has an incredibly wealth of pictures. It gives you a good visual introduction to factals. A great coffee table book!
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