Introduction to Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems (Kobo eBook)

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This book offers a fun and enriching introduction to chaos theory, fractals and dynamical systems, and on the applications of fractals to computer generated graphics and image compression. Introduction to Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems particularly focuses on natural and human phenomenon that can be modeled as fractals, using simple examples to explain the theory of chaos and how it affects all of us. Then, using straightforward mathematic and intuitive descriptions, computer generated graphics and photographs of natural scenes are used to illustrate the beauty of fractals and their importance in our world. Finally, the concept of Dynamical Systems, that is, time-dependent systems, the foundation of Chaos and Fractal, is introduced. Everyday examples are again used to illustrate concepts, and the importance of understanding how these vital systems affect our lives. Throughout the fascinating history of the evolution of chaos theory, fractals and dynamical systems is presented, along with brief introductions to the scientists, mathematicians and engineers who created this knowledge.

Introduction to Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems contains ample mathematical definitions, representations, discussions and exercises, so that this book can be used as primary or secondary source in home schooling environments.

The book is suitable for homeschooling as a focused course on the subject matter or as a classroom supplement for a variety of courses at the late junior high or early high-school level. For example, in addition to a standalone course on Chaos, Fractals and Dynamical Systems (or similar title), this book could be used with the following courses:

The text can also be used in conjunction with mathematics courses for undergraduates for non-science majors. The book can also be used for informal and lively family study and discussion.

For each chapter, exercises and things to do are included. These activities range from simple computational tasks to more elaborate computer projects, related activities, biographical research and writing assignments.


  • What is Chaos? What are Fractals?
  • Foundations of Chaos and Fractal Theory
  • Chaos and Fractals in Nature
  • Chaos and Fractals in Human-Made Phenomena
  • Dynamical Systems and Systems Theory

Readership: The market consists of mathematically inclined and/or homeschooled students from grades 6 or 7 through 12, and even early undergraduate, as well as computer science students the same grade levels as above. Hobbyists of all ages. Rust community — while this is not a book that intends to teach the Rust language, it is an impactful showcase of the language. We think we could generate some buzz for it on social media, for example by posting links to the program source code and full-color images (which are freely available online).
Key Features:

  • This book uses the Rust programming language. Rust is a very popular language, and articles about it frequently trend on social media
  • The book can be enjoyed without a computer, but numerous code samples are also provided to allow the reader to experiment freely. Code samples are provided using the Rust programming language and popular OpenGL application programming interface (API), which are available for download. Code samples in the C programming language are also available
  • While printed in grey-scale, all images are available for download in full color, as are many of the animations — all these resources are available via QR codes, making this book a truly interactive experience
Product Details
ISBN-13: 9789811273261
Publisher: WSPC
Publication Date: July 26th, 2023