Fractal Dimension

The concept of a fractal dimension is based on the idea of measuring things with differently sized rulers, as already mentioned in the article on the Mandelbrot Mandelbrot set. Mathematically (but very loosely), the fractal dimension is defined as: if I cover an object with…

Submitted on 17 June 2012

Fractint

Detail of the Mandelbrot set When I was writing an article on the Mandelbrot set, I looked for software to generate illustrations. Needless to say that there is lots of stuff available for a colorful subject like that. But, lo and behold, I discovered that the venerable Fractint still exists, and is actually still maintained! The program…

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Submitted on 1 May 2012

Where to Launch Your Rocket?

If you want to launch a rocket into space, as I’m sure practically all of you are at least contemplating, where should you do that? The main thing is of course to avoid populated areas, to limit the damage if the thing blows up. The launch pad itself should be located away from people, and there should be a large uninhabited region to the east of the launch site…

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Submitted on 10 April 2012

Infinity and Beyond

If you think about a set with an infinite number of elements, you might conclude that there is not much to say about the number of elements anymore. Infinite is infinite, right? Well, it turns out that not every infinity has the same “value”, and that there’s actually quite a lot to say about it. Take the natural numbers…

Submitted on 26 March 2012
Color QR Codes Done Right

Examples of color QR codes that “fade to gray”

Color is a straightforward way to make those boring QR codes special. This seems to have caught on with quite a few people, as a quick Google image search reveals. But, there’s a problem. Deviating from the ideal black-and-white makes the QR code more difficult to scan. In this article, I show a way to…

Tom Tue, 02/14/2012 - 20:38
QR Codes

QR code structure

You have probably already encountered a few QR codes. These codes are becoming more and more common, and can be found on business cards, ads, historical buildings, T-shirts, etc. You're meant to scan them using your smartphone. They can contain all sorts of information, the most common being plain text, URLs, and contact information. The information is… [This article contains a demo in which you can create your own QR codes!]

Tom Tue, 10/25/2011 - 20:00

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