Sometimes I consider myself a fisherman. Computer programs and ideas are the hooks, rods, and reels. Computer pictures are the trophies and delicious meals. A fisherman does not always know what the waters will yield… Often the specific catch is a surprise.
Random walk based on the decimal expansion of pi (from the previous post), but this time in 3d space. Created using Processing and OpenGL.
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While John Venn is best-known for the Venn Diagram, Alex Bellos mentions Venn’s other invention in his quite-good book “Here’s Looking at Euclid” (page 231). Venn was the first to create a “random walk” or “drunk walk”. Using the decimal expansion of pi, each digit is seen as a cardinal direction. I’ve updated Venn’s experiment slightly (his ignored the numbers 8 and 9) – each number from 0-9 rotates the direction of movement by a factor of 36º and takes a step 20 pixels forward.
The above image is the first 1120 decimal places of pi, starting at the gray dot. Created using Processing.