Chaos and Fractals : An Elementary Introduction, Paperback Book


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 306 b/w line drawings, 31 b/w halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Fractal geometry
  • ISBN: 9780199566440



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