"A fractal is a mathematical set or concrete object that is irregular or fragmented at all scales": First Edition of Benoit Mandelbrot's Fractals: Form Chance, and Dimension; Inscribed by Him

  • Fractals: Form, Chance, and Dimension.

Fractals: Form, Chance, and Dimension.


Item Number: 1584

San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, 1977.

First edition of the mathematician’s groundbreaking work. Quarto. Light wear, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows a closed tear to the crown of the spine. Inscribed by the author. An important work, rare signed and inscribed.

In 1975, Benoit Mandelbrot coined the term fractal to describe these structures and first published his ideas in 1975, and later translated, Fractals: Form, Chance and Dimension. According to mathematics scientist Stephen Wolfram, the book was a "breakthrough" for Mandelbrot, who until then would typically "apply fairly straightforward mathematics ... to areas that had barely seen the light of serious mathematics before." Wolfram adds that as a result of this new research, he was no longer a "wandering scientist", and later called him "the father of fractals": Until Mandelbrot, most mathematicians believed the irregular shapes found in nature were too fragmented or amorphous to be described mathematically. However in the 1960s and 1970s, Mandelbrot developed his concept of fractal geometry, which helped bring order to complex problems in physics, biology, and even financial markets.

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