Research Images As Art 2006 Gallery

Revealing a Pearl

Mr Brock Craft, Computer Science

This sequence of images is a representation of the values of a computational algorithm gradually changing over time. Mathematicians and computer scientists employ complex systems of abstract symbols for doing their work. This is practical for solving problems, but many algorithms can also be experienced on a purely aesthetic, visual level.

The visual nature of this particular algorithm can be displayed as a torus, or donut-shape. This torus consists of many layers, which can be gradually pulled open like a clamshell and wrapped around each other until the resulting form is a spherical pearl. Though the computational description of this operation is very simple - less than 10 basic instructions - the resulting forms yield surprising complexity and beauty.

The image was produced in the course of research on Information Visualisation at the UCL Interaction Centre.


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