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- DescriptionFractal is a term coined by mathematician Beit Mandelbrot to dete the geometry of nature, which traces inherent order in chaotic shapes and processes. Fractal concepts are part of our emerging vocabulary and can be useful in identifying patterns of human behavior, culture, and history, while enhancing our understanding of the nature of consciousness. According to William J. Jackson, the more one studies fractals, the more apparent their connections to the humanities become. In the recursive patterns of religious music, in temple architecture in India, in cathedral structures in Europe and America, in the imagery of religious literature depicting infinity and abundance, and in poetic descriptions of the nature of consciousness, fractal-like configurations are pervasive. Recognition of this structure, which is also found in social organizations and ritual symbolism, requires only that one develop an eye for fractals by studying the work of researchers and observing nature. One then begins to see that the separation of humanities and science is convenient oversimplification, t an ultimate fact. Includes a DVD of animated fractals.
- Author BiographyWilliam J. Jackson, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is author of Tyagaraja, Life and Lyrics, and Songs of Three Great South Indian Saints. Jackson lives in Indianapolis.
- Author(s)William J. Jackson
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication31/01/2004
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note55 b&w photos, 32 color photos, 1 index
- Weight749 g
- Width4531 mm
- Height6466 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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