The Colours of Infinity

The Beauty and Power of Fractals

Editors: Lesmoir-Gordon, Nigel (Ed.)

  • - Beautifully and copiously illustrated, this edition also comes with an e-copy of the groundbreaking TV documentary
  • A new chapter from Benoît Mandelbrot, the mathematician and founder of fractal geometry, makes this a ‘must-read’ for anyone with an interest in fractal theory
  • - Brings fractal geometry up to date by gathering the thoughts and enthusiasms of the foremost writers in the field
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About this book

The groundbreaking documentary accompanying this book (visit extras.springer.com) is presented by Arthur C Clarke with music by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Introduced fifteen years ago, this brought the subject of fractals to the attention of the general public for the first time; since then it has been shown in over fifty countries around the world.

Contributors to the film are joined by other leading experts in this latest edition of ‘The Colours of Infinity’, a comprehensive survey of fractal theory and practice. Incorporating an additional chapter on the money markets by the fractal master himself, Professor Benoit Mandelbrot, the documentary has also been re-mastered providing stunning new fractal animations. A must read for anyone with an interest in the ‘beauty and power of fractals’.

About the authors

Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon: Producer and Director of the original documentary, he has been an independent film and documentary maker since the 1960s. He is the co-author of Introducing Fractals with Will Rood and Ralph Edney and is currently investigating the educational applications of fractal geometry.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The book contains nine chapters in all, with contributions from well-known figures such as Arthur C. Clarke, Benoit Mandelbrot, Ian Stewart and Michael Barnsley. … One good feature … is that rather than simply considering fractals from a theoretical point of view, an effort has been made to discuss practical applications of this interesting area of mathematics. For those who are new to the notion of fractals, this book might be worth considering … .” (Martin Griffiths, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 97 (539), July, 2013)

“A more up-to-date survey of the developments in the field of fractal geometry since the documentary was released. … this book provides an attractive advert for the mathematical study of fractals. Together with the corresponding documentary, it should inspire those encountering the subject for the first time to want to explore it more.” (David A. Croydon, Mathematical Reviews, January, 2013)

“This enhanced and expanded edition of the book features chapters written both by the leading experts in the field of fractal geometry and by the contributors to the film. … The book contains dozens of breath taking photographs, and the documentary … has been digitally re-mastered to include amazing new fractal animations. Both the book and the film provide plenty of useful facts about fractals in a very inspiring, delightful and aesthetically pleasant form. Warmly recommended!” (Svitlana P. Rogovchenko, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1215, 2011)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Nature of Fractal Geometry

    Stewart, Ian

    Pages 2-23

  • Exploring the Fractal Universe

    Clarke, Arthur C.

    Pages 24-37

  • A Geometry Able to Include Mountains and Clouds

    Mandelbrot, Benoît

    Pages 38-57

  • Fractal Transformations

    Barnsley, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 58-73

  • Fractal Limits: The Mandelbrot Set and the self-similar tilings of M. C. Escher

    Rood, Will

    Pages 74-87

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-84996-486-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84996-485-2
  • with online files
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.95
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: May 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-6892-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Colours of Infinity
Book Subtitle
The Beauty and Power of Fractals
Editors
  • Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-84996-486-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84996-486-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84996-485-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-6892-8
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
X, 207
Additional Information
Originally published by Clear Press Ltd.
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