TITLE: Transcendentia!
NAME: John McIvor
COUNTRY: USA
EMAIL: mcivor@wolfenet.com
TOPIC: Math and Physics
COPYRIGHT: I SUBMIT TO THE STANDARD RAYTRACING COMPETITION COPYRIGHT.
JPGFILE: transcnd.jpg
ZIPFILE: transcnd.zip
RENDERER USED:
POV 3.01 (unsupported pentium optimized version) WIN95
TOOLS USED:
Qbasic
RENDER TIME:
about 4 hours
HARDWARE USED:
Pentium 133
DESCRIPTION OF HOW THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED:
I wanted to create a mathematical visualization, a physical view of
a mathematical idea....
Basically I used two different types of objects; polyhedra and curves.
The solid polyhedra are created entirely from triangles, using Qbasic to
convert face and vertex data to POV code. (eg. pentagons are actually
created using 3 triangles). This was required due to the fact that
the 3 dimensional data that I used was slightly non-coplanar.
The Dark purple truncated icosahedron (soccer ball) I calculated by
hand, pencil / paper / chalkboard / clculator etc...
The raw data for the other polyhedra that I started with came from
the file polyhedra.zip from the SIMTEL archive (I could find no info on
the actual authors of this).
I calculated the curves with Qbasic (I have included the basic code in
the ZIP file for my Image). Basically I would call it a toroidal helix,
although this may not be strictly correct. The coloring for these is also
done using a curve function!