This article is from the Fractal FAQ, by Ermel Stepp firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
_Chaos_ is a good book to get a general overview and history. _Fractals
Everywhere_ is a textbook on fractals that describes what fractals are and
how to generate them, but it requires knowing intermediate analysis.
_Chaos, Fractals, and Dynamics_ is also a good start. There is a longer
book list at the end of this file (see "What are some general references?").
Also, use networked resources such as:
http://millbrook.lib.rmit.edu.au/exploring.html Exploring Chaos and Fractals
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Edu/Fractal/Fractal_Home.html Fractal Microscope
http://is.dal.ca:3400/~adiggins/fractal/ Dalhousie University Fractal Gallery
http://acat.anu.edu.au/contours.html "Contours of the Mind"
http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/images/images.html Computer Graphics Gallery
http://wwfs.aist-na.ac.jp/shika/library/fractal/ SHiKA Fractal Image
http://www.awa.com/sfff/sfff.html The San Francisco Fractal Factory.
http://spanky.triumf.ca/www/spanky.html Spanky (Noel Giffin)
http://www.cnam.fr/fractals.html Fractal Gallery (Frank Rousell)
http://www.cnam.fr/fractals/anim.html Fractal Animations Gallery