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One of my students studying web/graphic design. Sent in this gallery of algebraic surfaces. My favorite is the flirt. What's an algebraic surface you ask?

Thanks, Jay!

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Hendree,

I tried to read through the wikipedia article on surfaces and found it garbled from the start. Could you provide an explanation in English?

Yeah, Steve, rereading the wikipedia article. I can see what you mean--not very clear. Here is a link to a much better explanation from Wolfram's Mathworld

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/AlgebraicSurface.html

On the most general level, an algebraic surface is the graph of a 3-variable polynomial. As you can see, algebraic surfaces can grouped according to their order. Their order being term that has the highest exponent sum.

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