- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199566445
- ISBN-13: 978-0199566440
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chaos and Fractals: An Elementary Introduction 1st Edition
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-- Thomas B. Ward, Durham University
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The book is broad in its aim to give you a complete overview of chaos and fractals (dynamical systems) along with the math, but in a way that anyone can get it. This is a must have. His MOOC is a must take and he is a gift to the world of students. He is that rare teacher you never forget and always appreciate and his book is the same.
I strongly suggest you also solve the exercises from the end of each chapter. In order to be able to simulate some of the exercises it helps to have some basic knowledge of matlab / octave or something similar.
Nonetheless, from my point of view this book is a must read for everyone with an engineering / mathematics / economics background.
Other book I really liked is Flake's Computational Beauty of Nature which you can read in parallel or after this one.