Exploring Indra's Pearls

Apr 23, 2024

https://philogb.github.io/page/indraspearls/ (chrome-only)

I’m excited to be releasing an interactive visualization using WebGPU of the fascinating math in the book “Indra’s Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein” by David Mumford, Caroline Series and David Wright.

The book explores the patterns created by iterating conformal maps of the complex plane called Möbius transformations, and their connections with symmetry and self-similarity. These patterns were glimpsed by German mathematician Felix Klein, and modern computer graphics allows them to be fully visualized and explored in detail.

The post is a fun skim even though it went nearly-entirely over my head.

The interactive tool is chrome-only, as it uses WebGPU. I thought webGPU had rolled out farther than it seems to have done!

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