WoW 6: Gorgeous 4d graphics


At some point I should write something about 4d polytopes. They are an incredible work of the human imagination. There are a few places you can find good information on them, just google them.  Or go to the wikipedia page.  If you do the latter you will find some wonderful images.  You might wonder how they were made.  I did, and was very happy for it. Some of them come from an open source application: jenn3d

The still images it produces are beautiful out of the box:

Bi-truncated 8-cell

Bi-truncated 8-cell

Truncated 24-cell

Truncated 24-cell

The great thing is it is open source so you can go in and hack at it to make your own images, it also has a slightly unclear command line format to specify models.

Tetrahedra from truncated 120-cell

Tetrahedra from truncated 120-cell

Maxwell Demon: Website of the week

I am handing out awards, the imaginatively titled “Maxwell’s Demon” website of the week:

wowThere is even a prize, £50.  Though I am lazy so the conditions of this are that the winner:

1) Realises they have won.

2) Contacts me.

3) Puts the logo on their site.

Of course 3 is hard to enforce so you could probably take the money and remove the graphical mess.  I will therefore claim that 3 is to ensure that you are indeed the winner.