Chaos and Fractals : An Elementary Introduction

Chaos and Fractals : An Elementary Introduction

Description

This book provides the reader with an elementary introduction to chaos and fractals, suitable for students with a background in elementary algebra, without assuming prior coursework in calculus or physics. It introduces the key phenomena of chaos - aperiodicity, sensitive dependence on initial conditions, bifurcations - via simple iterated functions. Fractals are introduced as self-similar geometric objects and analyzed with the self-similarity and box-counting
dimensions. After a brief discussion of power laws, subsequent chapters explore Julia Sets and the Mandelbrot Set. The last part of the book examines two-dimensional dynamical systems, strange attractors, cellular automata, and chaotic differential equations.

The book is richly illustrated and includes over 200 end-of-chapter exercises. A flexible format and a clear and succinct writing style make it a good choice for introductory courses in chaos and fractals.


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Details

Author(s)
David P. Feldman
Format
Paperback | 432 pages
Dimensions
190 x 246 x 22mm | 934g
Publication date
12 Oct 2012
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
306 b/w line drawings, 31 b/w halftones
ISBN10
0199566445
ISBN13
9780199566440
Bestsellers rank
122,828