# Linas' Art Gallery

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I will put Chaos into fourteen lines
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And keep him there; and let him thence escape

If he be lucky; let him twist, and ape

Flood, fire, and demon --- his adroit designs

Will strain to nothing in the strict confines

Of this sweet order, where, in pious rape,

I hold his essence and amorphous shape,

Till he with Order mingles and combines.

Past are the hours, the years of our duress,

His arrogance, our awful servitude:

I have him. He is nothing more nor less

Than something simple not yet understood;

I shall not even force him to confess;

Or answer. I will only make him good.

--- Edna St. Vincent Millay

*Artistic Apologies, Dogmatic Disclaimers*:
This material was originally presented (in the 1994 web page, and
in the earlier 1985-1993 pre-web posters and booklets)
with graphic design sensibilities that were more
sparse, neutral, mystical and suggestive, which helped highlight
the intricately twisted patterns.
I now think (as of 2000) that more literate readers would rather
enjoy a bit of
the actual mathematical background that goes into the making of
'fractal art'.
And so, I've been adding doses of math, here and there, to the
presentation, sometimes running deep.
As there are now hundreds of web sites with fractal artworks
far prettier than my own, I am hoping that this tying together
proves refreshing and adds poise and grace.
My apologies to the visual artists (and fractal ring operators)
who would prefer the poetry
of unvoiced mystery and the directness of visual impact.
Art must suffer for the sake of the artist.
My apologies to the mathematicians who think this is all
a hokey waste of time, and look down on anything that is not
all theorems and proofs, sober sweetness and light.
Math does suffer in the hands of this mathematician.

*Hardcore Mathematics*:
These images are grasping at a general concept, which I can now
put into words: iteration is not required to generate fractals,
the symmetry group of fractals is the Modular Group SL(2,Z),
portions of the Modular Group have a set-theoretic representation
in the rationals, and thus, the real numbers are deeply
and inherently fractal. This fractal symmetry of the reals
is a bit obscure and not instantly visible, and so it takes
a bit of work, such as iteration, continued fractions, or
various infinite series to make this symmetry group manifest.
The following set of papers, part of a series (of six papers,
still being written), develop these concepts:

# The Farey Room

The Farey Room contains pictures generated by means transformations of
the Farey Number Mapping, and through transformations of the Continued
Fraction Mapping.
The Gap Theory Page reviews
some of the mathematical underpinings.
The Gap Room explores images
based on gaps.
The F2 Room holds some additional,
miscellaneous continued-fraction-based images.

# The Circle Map Room

The Circle Map Room contains pictures of various portions
of the Hausdorf Measure of the iterated Forced Oscillator (Circle Map)
Equation.

# The Hausdorff Room

This room contains pictures of the Hausdorff measure of the iterated
Logistic Equation, and the Iterated Tent Equation.

# The Damped Circle Room

This room contains pictures of the Poincare Recurrence Time
of the damped circle-map.

# The Interior Mandelbrot Room

Decorating the interior of a well know exterior -- an (increasingly fat) sketchbook of
ideas.

# The Logistic Variations

The Logistic Equation **x[n+1] = lambda * x[n] * (1-x[n]) + omega**
is in some ways a simplified version of the Circle Map
**x[n+1] = lambda * sin (2*pi*x[n]) + x[n] + omega**. In this room,
we explore further variations.

# The Drip Drop Room

More games with continued fraction mappings result in
constructed figures that bear a vague and superficial
resemblance to Poincare maps. This twisted mess is what
happens when you just say no to iteration.

# The Number Theory Room

Images of famous number-theoretic functions. The goal is to provide
a visual overview of the SL(2,Z) modular group symmetry of these
functions. In development.

# Polylogarithm, The Movie!

Come watch the orbiting, leap-frogging zeroes of the
Riemann zeta function play out in the full glory of
the complex z-plane of the polylogarithm!

# The Hacked Mandelbrot Room

Ahh ... the Post-Industrial Era. Err.. Futurist ... Ahh Dada ?
Well ... The usual Mandelbrot set, z(n+1) = z(n)*z(n) + c,
where c = r * exp (i*theta). Well, we've plotted theta along x-axis, and
r along y axis. A bit of a different view ... Hmmm?

# The Circle Period

The artist's early period ........ wherein he experimented early with
periodicity ...............

# The Movie Room

Circle Map Movies

# The Escape Theory Room

A smooth, fractionally-valued, mathematically exact iteration count
can be defined for any iterated equation. This
**Renormalized Iteration Count**
removes the dependency of results on the number of
iterations and on the escape-radius. This theory is useful for
producing smooth, non-banded images.
Note that its closely related to the
Douady-Hubbard potential whose field lines or
external rays underpin
the theoretical analysis of the M-set.
Here's a brief Atlas of Rays,
and an accompanying table of
Arc Angles.

# M-Set Derivations

The interior can be explored by taking derivatives. These derivatives have
interesting analytic behaviors.

# Undecidably So

Penrose conjectures that the inside of the Mandelbrot set is
computationally undecidable, and Smale tries to prove the same.
We none-the-less provide an algorithm that seems to at least
come close.

# Spectral Analysis

Interior points converge to limit cycles. A limit cycle that repeats
after N iterations can be averaged together to get an average value.
This page explores a technique for reliably computing smooth 'average
values' out of very unsmooth sequences. It appears that the interior
of the Mandelbrot Set is described by the Dedekind eta, providing yet
another tie between modular forms and fractals. A revised, updated
treatment of this topic can be found in the math
section.

# Greatest Prime Factor

Graphs of the analytic generating functions of the greatest prime factor
function. Very remarkably, there seems to be very little or nothing
known about these functions: they do not appear to have been studied
before!

# Bud Sizes

An ongoing attempt to measure the size of, and characterize the shape of
the Mandelbrot set. We present a simple estimate of the bud sizes that is
good to about 5%; unfortunately, the buds aren't quite circular.
Includes supporting visual documentation.

# Sinai's Billiards

Ray-traced images of light passing through a simple cubic lattice
of reflective 'atoms' shows clearly the strongly ergodic nature
of Sinai's Billiards. An atlas of different sizes of balls and
lattices.

# Bibliography

A
Bibliography, that is, further reading material and mathematical references
for the maths explored in this gallery.

Yes, we have
source code! (Warning -- its very ugly -- its way hacked.)

### History

Copyright (c) 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993-1998, 2001-2003, 2016 Linas Vepstas
<linas@linas.org>

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