Monday, March 23, 2009

algebraic surfaces

nice visualizations of algebraic surfaces found at freigeist.

the explanations for methodology are in german, so i dont understand them. i think "freigeist" means "free spirit" though, which is a little ironic since all these surfaces, while beautiful and seemingly free-flowing, are strictly defined by algebraic equations. gorgeous stuff to look at.. very nice use of shading and shadow!


Bonnie said...

I can't imagine I'd ever need these equations, but the pictures sure are cool. It calls to my inner geek. Thanks for posing the link!

James Pickering said...

Your comment about the figures being free-flowing but defined by equations, makes me think about fractals and how they are made out of seemingly random points but end up being beautiful in their symmetry.

TallTchr said...

Without such algebraic definition, can anything flow freely, or would it not either come to an abrupt halt, or lose its coherence and form? Just asking.