
The Linofo
Gallery #2
These images also come from my ongoing attempt to simulate the electromagnetic field on my computer. Many of these images are from a version of my program that gives a much truer simulation of the electromagnetic field. Can you tell which ones they are? Of course, I've introduced a twist. A real electromagnetic field is radial to it's poles. The lines in these images leave and approach the poles on spiral paths instead. This has a couple of interesting twists. First, all of the lines in these images cross at the same angle. So if one intersection is at 90 degrees, then all of the intersections will be at 90 degrees. This makes a kind of wierd twisted checkerboard. I'm interested in the subatomic world, but I don't have the mathematical tools to handle it. The subatomic world is full of wierd concepts, such as spin. Spin seems easy enough to understand, you just picture a ball bearing, and spin it. But a particle like an electron is a point. Now how do you rotate a point? There's nothing there to rotate. But if you imagine that the positive poles in these images were the peaks of hills and the negative poles were deep holes, then the lines you see might be the paths that ball bearings would take as they rolled down the hill. Now if you then spun the ball bearings before you started rolling them from the peaks, the spin would make them follow paths that were spirals. There's a clue about something in there somewhere. 