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Re: [HM] Helge von Koch's fractalistic snowflake curve
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Mar 14, 2001 8:56 AM


The discussion of Koch's snowflake curve and David Masunaga's list of "classic" fractal papers calls to mind that Henry Smith seems in essence to have anticipated Cantor, Koch and others in his 1875 paper 'On the integration of discontinuous functions' (Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society 6 (1875), 140153). Smith is not mentioned in JeanLuc Chabert's 1990 Historia Mathematica article 'Un demisiecle de fractales 18701920', but there is some discussion of this in the recent book 'Oxford figures; 800 years of the mathematical sciences' (OUP 2000, pp.213214), and fuller discussion in Keith Hannabuss's article 'Forgotten fractals', Mathematical Intelligencer 18 (3) (1996), 2831.
John Fauvel The Open University



