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The Colours of Infinity: The Beauty, The Power and the Sense of Fractals Paperback – September 1, 2004
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This,too, is a "pop" science book, after a fashion, but unlike those other fractal books, the authors here refuse to dumb the subject down to a mere collection of pretty pictures. There is enough detail here to permit a diligent reader to truly understand the logic behind fractal geometry. If you can grasp the math, the basics are here. If, like me, you are a "liberal arts" type, the concepts are also explained in precise English.
The content of the video is similarly excellent. The interviews with Benoit Mandelbrot and Stephen Hawking are very cool indeed, but my favorite part is when Arthur C. Clarke states that, while he doesn't know about this PERSONALLY, "the ingestion of certain illegal substances produces fractal visions." Clad in his trademark blue utility shirt, and with a perfectly straight face, Clarke goes on to note the similarity between the words "Mandelbrot" and "Mandala." (Whoa, dude!Read more ›
I called Amazon prior to ordering to confirm the NTSC format but, as expected, they had no clue. My order arrived and the DVD is in the correct format for playing in US DVD player.
However, when I first tried my DVD it would neither play in my computer or my DVD player. I was about to send my purchase back to Amazon when I noticed a mottled, opaque haze over the entire DVD playing surface but after cleaning the disk, the DVD played flawlessly. The DVD, I believe, became contaminated with a residue from the soft plastic sleeve that stores the DVD in the back cover of the book.
I had first seen the documentary on fractal geometry on public television and I was completely mesmerized. I wanted a DVD copy for myself and at the $22.02 price it was a "steal." I highly recommend it.
It is a total experience and a revelation. I can only paraphrase some mathematician who said that God speaks to the mortals through mathematics. It is truly an epiphany.
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Absolutely fascinating exploration of the power, beauty, and mystery of fractals, along with their nature and some exciting prospects for them in the future. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Accountability
Fractals are brought to our understanding in a way that illuminates the natural world with which we are all familiar. I recommend this book to the adventurous and creative mind.Published on October 24, 2013 by Oma L Rose
This book is a must for any fractal enthusiast. Filled with tons of great information written by top heads on the subject.
I have been a huge fan of Arthur C. Read more
Music on DVD is classic Dave Gilmour. Worth the price. Fractals are very Big Bang, Sheldon Cooper stuff but fascinating.Published on August 26, 2012 by Scott T. Hall
Fractals? What!, what a suprise. I couldn't stop talking about fractals. I changed how I look at things, Who knew.Published on August 12, 2012 by Eleanor Morgan
I was looking for a good introductory book to fractals that would have a good basic background and explanation. This is it. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by dustylse
As someone who has been interested in the Mandelbrot Set for many years and who remembers seeing the contents of the accompanying DVD when it was shown on New Zealand television... Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by J. A. Marchington
I agree with pretty much all the other reviewers here. As a novice to fractals (I am 50 years old, but never could get into math... Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by Paul Seaman
The book and the DVD are truly amazing and beautiful. It has introduced me to a wonderful world which is a marriage of art and mathematics. Read morePublished on August 12, 2007 by LOV