Harmonic Warping

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Harmonic Warping of Blue Wash
This image is a tiling based on harmonic warping operations. These operations take a source image and compress it to show the infinite tiling of the source image into a finite space.


Basic Description

This image is an infinite tiling. If you look closely at the edges of the image, you can see that the tiles become smaller and smaller and seem to fade into the edges. This is true. The border of the image is infinite so that the tiling is infinite and the tiles become infinitely smaller.

The source image used for this tiling is another image that is mathematically interesting and is also featured on this website. See Blue Wash for more information about how the source image was created.

A More Mathematical Explanation

Note: understanding of this explanation requires: *Single Variable Calculus

Essentially, an equation was used to map the points of

  • eq [...]

Essentially, an equation was used to map the points of

  • equation d(x) = 1 - \frac{1}{1+x}, limit is 1

d(y) = 1 - \frac{1}{1+y}, limit is 1

  • distance compressing warp
  • infinite tiling of Euclidean plane mapped onto a rectangle (or ellipse)
  • mapping (x,y) from Euclidean plane unto (d(x),d(y)) in rectangle

Polar Harmonic Warping

Link to Polar Coordinates

Four Infinite Poles

Link to Hyperbolic Geometry

Big table of rectangular, polar, cardinal 4 poles for both flag!

Name Flag Rectangular Tiling Polar Tiling Four Infinite Poles
Saint Andrew's Flag Image:StAndrews_Flag.png Image:StAndrews_Rectangular.jpg Image:StAndrews_Polar.jpg Image:StAndrews_4Polar.jpg
Saint George's Flag Image:StGeorges_Flag.png Image:StGeorges_Rectangular.jpg Image:StGeorges_Polar.jpg Image:StGeorges_4Polar.jpg

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About the Creator of this Image

Paul Cockshott is a computer scientist and a reader at the University of Glasgow. The various math images featured on this page were originally produced for his research.

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