Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Algebraic Surfaces


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!

2 comments:

ersinghaus said...

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?

HM said...

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.