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"Great Wave," by Kerry Mitchell. ┬ęKerry Mitchell

The genesis of this image has nothing to do with waves; it is a representation of the complex numbers that can be expressed using the base 1 + i. Yet, the spirals inherent in the arithmetic are suggestive of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa'. --- Kerry Mitchell

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