Although R and ggplot could still handle the million digits plot, Illustrator wasn’t able to read any of the vector based outputs I created in R, so I just had to be content with a rather big jpegI find it very interesting to see how the shape of, say, 1000 digits gives you no clue how the shape of one order bigger is going to look, seeing the randomness of pi visualized I guess
Love this. Had thought of (and carried it out, manually, which is more or less useless/time consuming) something similar to this, but not as pi. Nevertheless as a way to see a randomized ‘painting’ to include randomizing color and other aspects of the direction (size and so forth). Love what you came up with. Perhaps the code can be put up?
Thank you very much! You can find my R script (a very short script actually) here: https://github.com/nbremer/artinpi
I see that you decided not to post my comment that I submitted around when this project was featured on Washington Post’s recent (2015) Pi Day data art article about how extremely similar this data art project is to Brannon Dorsey’s “Vector Pi” project made a year prior. Perhaps that is because you went through a change in your website or, perhaps, for other administrative reasons. In any case, I sincerely hope that you consider, at the very least, to publicly acknowledge the extreme similarities of the yours and Brannon’s aforementioned project simply out of respect for “incidental” kinship.
In any case, I sincerely hope that you consider, at the very least, to publicly acknowledge the extreme similarities of your project and Brannon’s aforementioned project simply out of respect for “incidental” kinship.
I’m sorry, I did go through a host change which took my about 2 weeks to transfer and lost a comment or two in those weeks :(
I looked at Brannons work (I have not seen it before) and indeed he uses a similar idea to what I do, only he does this with words and position in the alphabet to define the next angle to step in, whereas I use digits. But I very much like his idea to turn words into numbers into Art :)
However, if I read his work correctly, he actually does not visualize Pi in itself, only words from books (perhaps the work is called Vector Pi because the formula to define the next step angle is inspired by a circle). As I mentioned in my post, I’m definitely not the first one to even use digits of pi to step, although I couldn’t find another example which keeps pi in the “regular” base 10 (but if anyone finds an example I’d love to see their version :) )
At 10 000 the strands look tantalizingly like complex proteins. Thank you for these beautiful images.
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