logo Chocolate Tree Books logo

 Home || ... || About us || ... || Books || ... || Authors || ... || Chocolate trees 
Chocolate Tree Books

Welcome to Chocolate Tree

"Alt.Fractals: a visual guide to fractal geometry and design" (ISBN 0955706831) is scheduled for publication on 18th January 2011.

It's almost a visual encyclopedia of the subject – it doesn't mention "chaos" fractals, and concentrates on variations one step beyond the usual textbook examples. If you want a nice selection or 2D and 3D reference images, an explanation of how the Julia Set works in four dimensions, tables of "complex conjugate" Julia sets, or illustrations of some fractal types that are so obscure that they probably haven't made it into print before, then this might be for you. Regardless of who you are, there's probably a fractal type somewhere in this book that you haven't seen before. It also covers most of the "standards", like the Mandelbrot Set, Menger Sponge and Sierpinksi Triangle, in order to go beyond them. 

Where a class of fractal isn't covered by Alt.Fractals, it's usually because it was felt that the subject was already dealt with adequately in the standard texts (or online), and there didn't seem to be anything sufficiently new or "alternative" to say about it.

Absolutely hundreds of very pretty pictures and diagrams, all in glorious monochrome (okay, "black and white"). 


Our second book, "The Abyss of Time: an architect's history of the Golden Section" was a monograph by Martin Hutchinson on the possible relationships between the Fibonacci Series, ancient architectural methods, and systems of weights and measures. Some of the content is a bit "1973", because that's when it was written. Have you ever wondered why the old systems of weights and measures included a prime number, thirteen? Hutchinson suggests that it may be because people were using the Fibonacci system to mark up floorplans and weigh out groceries. Fibonacci units are based on addition, so they're convenient for primitive societies whose tradespeople aren't mathematically literate enough to be comfortable with multiplication, or who don't necessarily have a fuill set of reference weights to hand. The Fibonacci Series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 ...) includes a thirteen, hence the old thirteen-inch foot and the Baker's Dozen. 

Perhaps not a hugely populist book, so aimed more at the reference libraries.


Our first book, "Relativity in Curved Spacetime" (ISBN 955706807) is available from most booksellers priced at 10-00 in the UK, and $15-00 in the US for the paperback. The hardback version is priced at 15-00 in the UK, and $40-00 in the US.

ForeWord Clarion Reviews gives it five stars, as does BookReview.com . It's an oversized-format book (234*156mm), nearly 400 pages, with over 200 b&w diagrams and illustrations.

The first four chapters cover the basics of lightspeed, E=mc2, spacetime curvature and relativity theory, in an easily-accessible form. The rest of the book gets more technical, but should still be accessible to the sort of person who likes TV science programmes such as "Horizon". The strict chaptering system means that it's easy to skip over any sections that you aren't interested in, without getting lost.  We think that there's several booksworth of information here, and if you don't want to read a particular chapter, you can always flip through and look at the pictures!

This is the book for anyone who bought Stephen Hawking's "Brief History of Time" in the hope of learning a bit about cosmology or relativity theory, and never got past page three.

The author's site, with thumbnail previews and a graphical table of contents, is here.