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Impossible fractals

Browne, Cameron B. (2007) Impossible fractals. Computers & Graphics, 31(4), pp. 659-667.

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Abstract

Impossible objects are a type of optical illusion involving ambiguous visual descriptions of figures that cannot physically exist. It is shown by way of example that such objects can be further developed using standard fractal techniques to create new, more complex designs that retain the perceptual illusion, sometimes allowing additional illusions to emerge from the process. The balanced Pythagorean tree is used to efficiently render impossible fractals that display the perceptual effect across decreasing levels of scale.

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ID Code: 15013
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Figures are at the end of the author manuscript.
Keywords: Impossible object, Optical illusion, Fractal, Art
DOI: 10.1016/j.cag.2007.02.016
ISSN: 0097-8493
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100) > Algebraic and Differential Geometry (010102)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:05

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