## Posts Tagged ‘Mathematical Art’

### Geometry with POV-Ray

July 28, 2009

If you would like to use POV-Ray to visualize 3-dimensional geometrical objects, I highly recommend Friedrich A. Lohmueller‘s beautiful tutorial on Analytical Geometry with POV-Ray. Other POV-Ray tutorials by Friedrich A. Lohmueller can be found here.

[ image courtesy of Friedrich A. Lohmueller ]

In my humble opinion, this is how Analytical Geometry should be taught. Descartes had no access to 3-d graphics. We do. Why not take advantage of the technology?

### Making Art with Harmonographs

August 30, 2008

Harmonographs are mechanical devices that employ coupled pendula (aka: “pendulums”) to control the movement of a pen relative to a drawing surface (e.g., a sheet of paper). The pen’s motion can produce some strikingly beautiful curves.

I had never heard of harmonographs until I read Mike Croucher’s post: Simulating Harmonographs. Instead of building a physical apparatus, Mike simulated harmonographs with Mathematica. The resulting drawings are indeed most aesthetically pleasing:

[ image courtesy of Mike Croucher ]

Drawings produced with harmonographs remind me of the drawings I used to make with the Spirograph toy when I was a kid. They also remind me of the Lissajous curves I liked to visualize on the oscilloscope when I was an undergraduate student and spent countless hours in the electronics laboratory.

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### Outside In

January 17, 2008

Here’s an excellent video on how to turn a sphere inside out. The animation is about 20 minutes long, but well worth watching.

Hat tip: Nuclear Phynance

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### Gallery of Algebraic Surfaces

January 10, 2008

Here’s a very sexy gallery of algebraic surfaces. One of my favorite surfaces is the one defined by equation $x^2 + y^3 + z^5 = 0$, which is named the “sofa“:

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### The Minimal Surface Gallery

August 10, 2007

If you are interested in minimal surfaces, you might want to take a look at the minimal surfaces page at Indiana University. In particular, I suggest you take a look at the gallery and the archive. Enjoy!

[ image courtesy of Matthias Weber ]

Other galleries worth taking a look at:

Some scientific papers:

Some articles on this topic: