Mathematical model

Mathematical model

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Caption: Mathematical model. Computer model of a repeated mathematical operation (iteration) to generate a random wave. The iteration involved random drawing of sets of parallel lines. The ends of these lines are seen around the edge of the pattern. Because the positioning of the lines was random, it formed this central pattern approximating a random wave. A random wave is an example of quantum chaos where quantum wavepackets are added at random. If the parallel lines had been added at regular angles, instead of at random, then a quasicrystal would have been formed (see image A900/080). Created as an artwork by Professor Eric Heller. Similar techniques were used by the artist Sol Le Witt.

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