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The islands of Benoît Mandelbrot : fractals, chaos, and the materiality of thinking

Author: Nina Samuel; Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.
Publisher: New Haven : Bard Graduate Center : Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, [2012]
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Named Person: Benoit B Mandelbrot; Benoit B Mandelbrot
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Samuel; Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.
ISBN: 9780300186437 0300186436
OCLC Number: 785864568
Notes: 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.
Description: 176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Nina Samuel, editor.

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Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010) was one of the best-known producers of digital images in scientific and industrial research. Using images and objects found in Mandelbrot's office, this book questions  Read more...

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