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Category Archives: Kaleidoscopes
Regular polygons as kaleidoscopes
We are using reflection at the sides of a regular polygon to get a space filling periodic image. Its symmetries depend on the symmetry of the image, which lies inside the polygon. As an example, let us look at the … Continue reading
Posted in Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged hyperbolic space, mirror symmetry, periodic images, regular polygons, Rotational symmetry
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Fractal tiling of a sphere with octahedral twocolour symmetry
The octahedron can have a nice twocolour symmetry. We get it from putting two tetrahedrons together, making a stellated octahedron. It is an eightpointed star and has already been discussed by Pacioli in his book “de divina proportione” in the … Continue reading
Posted in Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Selfsimilarity, Tilings
Tagged color symmetry, fractal, kaleidoscope, octahedron, spherical tiling
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A variant of the Apollonian gasket with icosahedral symmetry
We modify the Apollonian gasket presented in the earlier post Apollonian gasket as a spherical fractal with tetrahedral symmetry. In an icosahedron, five triangles meet at their corners, which gives us a fivefold rotational symmetry. At the centers of the triangles … Continue reading
Posted in Kaleidoscopes, Selfsimilarity, Tilings
Tagged Apollonian gasket, fractal, icosahedral symmetry, spherical geometry, Tiling
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Apollonian gasket as a fractal in tiled hyperbolic space
Reading the fascinating book « Indra`s Pearls », written by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright, you discover that the Apollonian gasket can be created by multiple inversions at four touching circles. Three of the circles are of equal … Continue reading
Posted in Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged Apollonian gasket, fractal, hyperbolic geometry, kaleidoscope, Tiling
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Apollonian gasket as a spherical fractal with tetrahedral symmetry
Before discussing the relation between the Apollonian gasket and tilings of the sphere, I want to present briefly the spherical kaleidoscope with tetrahedral symmetry. A tetrahedron has three different kinds of points with rotational symmetry. Four equilateral triangles make up … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Fractals, Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
Tagged Apollonian gasket, fractal, kaleidoscope, spherical geometry, tetrahedral symmetry, Tiling
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Inversion in a single circle
You might think that discussing the inversion in a circle is somewhat underwhelming. But, as I am using multiple inversion in many circles to create fractal images, I found that there are some important ideas you will not find so … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes, programming, Tilings
Tagged inversion, inversion in a circle, mirror symmetry
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Various projections of hyperbolic kaleidoscopic images
Similarly to the earlier post “Different projections of spherical kaleidoscopic images” I am now showing the same kaleidoscopic image using different projections you can use in my kaleidoscope browser app http://geometricolor.ch/sphericalKaleidoscopeApp.html. It primarily generates images as Poincaré discs. A typical result … Continue reading
Double spirals
In the post “Spirals” I have shown how to transform periodic Euclidean tilings into logarithmic spirals. A typical result looks like that: The spiral has a center at the origin and goes out forever. Actually, it spirals not only around … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes, Tilings
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Different projections of spherical kaleidoscopic images
As you are here, I suppose that you might be interested in the TilingBot living on twitter. Each day it posts the image of a new tiling. Have a look at https://twitter.com/TilingBot and become its follower. I have fun to recognize … Continue reading
Posted in Anamorphosis, Kaleidoscopes
Tagged cuboctahedron, mercator, orthographic projection, sphere, stereographic projection
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Antialiasing for improving image quality
About a year ago I have briefly shown in my post “smoothing images” that averaging can be important to get good images without pixel noise. For my kaleidoscope app, see http://geometricolor.ch/sphericalKaleidoscopeApp.html, I have improved on these ideas and that’s what … Continue reading
Posted in Kaleidoscopes, programming
Tagged antialiasing, image processing, smoothing images
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