The colours of infinity - fractals The Colours of Infinity: The Beauty, The Power and the Sense of Fractals Paperback by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon Author "Fractals are more than just stunning visual effects - they open up new ways to model nature and allow us to quantify terms like 'irregular', The power and the beauty of fractals were only capable of being seen with the advent of computers, which become psychedelic windows on the infinite when using simple fractal equations.
Nigel s enthusiasm brought together a dream team of contributors for the film who all now contribute to the book tracking how fractals have developed since the film was made.
Sir Arthur C Clarke presented the film and in the book gives a lucidly simple account of the mathematics of the M-Set.
Benoit Mandelbrot, the Belgian mathematician explains how it began. Professor Michael Barnsley, the computer graphics researcher who developed fractal image compression technology, explains the applications of the breakthroughs.
Two of the most interesting applications of fractal geometry, reflected by the two new contributors to the book, are to the Internet and to the Stock Market. He writes about how fractals can help us understand the oscillations of stock markets.
His first book was "Introducing Fractal Geometry".