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"Exploring Complex Domain Functions Using Domain Coloring," by Konstantin Poelke and Konrad Polthier, Free University of Berlin

Honorable Mention, Illustration - 2011 Visualization "Vizzies" Challenge (National Science Foundation). This illustration represents one example of a complex function. Such functions are mathematical relationships that incorporate both real and imaginary numbers, such as the square root of -1. To create this visualization, researchers at the Free University of Berlin assigned each complex number in their equation to a spot on a color wheel. The farther numbers get from zero, the brighter they are (white regions approach infinity). The result packs two dimensions of information (hue and brightness) into each point in the image. See 2011 Vizzie Winners

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American Mathematical Society