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The islands of Benoît Mandelbrot : fractals, chaos, and the materiality of thinking / Nina Samuel, editor.

Contributor(s): Samuel, Nina [curator,, editor of compilation.] | Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bard Graduate Center : Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, c2012Description: 176 p. : ill. (some color), facsims., ports. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780300186437 (pbk.); 0300186436 (pbk.).Subject(s): Mandelbrot, Benoit B. -- Exhibitions | Fractals | Chaos | Visual communication in science -- ExhibitionsDDC classification: Other classification: ART015110 | SCI012000 | MAT038000 | ART015110 | SCI012000 | MAT038000
Foreword / Susan Weber -- Introduction / Nina Samuel -- The visibility of islands: On imagination, seduction, and materiality / Nina Samuel -- Found images I, Islands of discovery: Sequentiality, scribbles, and the waster of thought process / Nina Samuel -- Pictures of a higher order / Matthias Bruhn -- Found images II, Order, disorder, beauty / Alan Norton with Nina Samuel -- Seeing order in disorder / Margarete Pratschke -- Found images III, Images of reality / Nina Samuel -- The fractal view: Nature in Mandelbrot's geometry / Jan von Brevern -- Found images IV, Pictures of chance / Nina Samuel -- Chains of chance: A convoluted history of pattern recognition / Wladimir Velminski -- Found images V, Scaling as pictorial strategy: Scale ambivalence and openness to interpretation / Nina Samuel -- Scalebound Bauhaus / Juliet Koss -- The eye is not specialized! Benoît Mandelbrot talks with Nina Samuel -- Bibliography -- Index -- Photographic credits
Summary: "Over the past few decades, the "pictorial turn" in the natural sciences, prompted by the computer's capacity to produce visual representations, has generated considerable theoretical interest. Poised between their materiality and the abstract level they are meant to convey, scientific images are always intersections of form and meaning. Benoît Mandelbrot (1924-2010), one of the best-known producers of digital images in scientific and industrial research, was particularly curious about the ways in which the materiality of scientific representation was able to influence the development of the ideas and abstractions the images embodied.Using images and objects found in Mandelbrot's office, this book questions the relationship between the visual and scientific reasoning in fractal geometry and chaos theory, among the most popular fields to use digital scientific imagery in the past century. These unpublished materials offer new connections between the material world and that of mathematical ideas. Work by Adrien Douady and Otto Rössler provides historical depth to the analysis"-- Provided by publisher.
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This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking held at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture from September 21, 2012 through January 27, 2013.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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