MATH 480, 2019: Introduction to Fractals

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  • Orgnizational meeting: Thursday, December 10, 10am, Burnside 1220.
  • Tuesday: 9:30-10:30, Burnside 1120.
  • Thursday: 9:00-10:00, Burnside 1234.
  • There will be NO lecture on February 28.
  • Course web page:
    Instructor: D. Jakobson
    Office: BH1220
    Office Hours: TBA
    Tel: 398-3828
    E-mail: dmitry.jakobson AT
    Web Page:


  • K. Falconer. Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications.
  • R. Devaney. A first course in Chaotic Dynamical systems.
  • (recommended) R. Devaney. Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems.
  • Outline

    The course will cover selected chapters from the book "Fractal Geometry: Mathematical Foundations and Applications" by K. Falconer, as well as from the book "A first course in Chaotic Dynamical Systems" by R. Devaney. Additional material may be considered as time permits.


  • Class lectures and a short report.
  • Topics for the talks

  • In the talk you should discuss a particular problem or a set of problems in combinatorics or graph theory. You should present the main ideas; it is not necessary to present all the technical details, but you should be prepared to answer questions about the results you present.
  • Web Links

  • A. Teplyaev: An Introduction to analysis on fractals
  • R. Strichartz: Analysis on Fractals, Notices of the AMS, 1999. Please, log on from a McGill computer, or use VPN to get access.
  • K. Okoudjou, L. Rogers and R. Strichartz: Szego limit theorems on the Sierpinski gasket, J. Fourier Anal. Appl., 16 (2010), no. 3, 434-447.
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