Pi as a Fractal
A little thing I was experimenting with a while back, turning Pi (3.1415...) into a type of psedo-fractal image, hoping that some unexpected meaningful pattern would emerge. I sometimes have these crazy theories about Pi, you see. I sometimes think we could use Pi to gleam magical insight into the structure of nature, as if the last number of Pi were the quantum of the universe. And now that I've stunned you with that one, I think we should swiftly move along...
A close-up section of top image. Pink cross-hairs is the origin.
This was computed in Adobe Flash which was fine for small values but larger amounts (Pi to 10,000+ places) really started to stress it. Perhaps it could be made more effeciant, but I was pointed towards a Java programming environment, specifically designed for graphical projects called "Processing" [processing.org] via [twitter.com/rubot]. This looks like it would be perfect for the job.
1000 places of Pi.. a horse, perhaps?
This Flash implementation is merely scratching the surface of what I have envisioned. I was put off from going any further because of the limitations I encountered. One day I hope to get the finger out and create something amazing with Processing, and when that happens I will no doubt blog again, and give a full explanation of what madness is rattling through my head.
Posted at 22:30