an article by Mandelbrot and Frame
Self-Contacting Fractal Trees
by Don West, Department of Mathematics, SUNY Plattsburgh
When I asked by e-mail where one could see the details of the investigation, Frame responded "...there isn't, nor is there likely to be, a version of the paper with all details spelled out. It would be a bit long and I think fairly boring." He suggested that a web page might be the appropriate medium for such material. I hope that this page will begin to serve the purpose.
As charming as it is, The Mathematical Intelligencer is not a large circulation journal, so to help readers who do not have the original article available, I shall repeat some of its statements, sometimes with my own comments.
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As alternatives to Mandelbrot and Frame's equation (2):
we offer the cosine equation:
and the closed form:
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