Christmas greetings – SAGE style

December 12th, 2008 | Categories: general math, sage interactions | Tags:

David Joyner of the SAGE development team has come up with a couple of very nice mathematical Christmas greetings using a combination of SAGE (For the mathematics used to generate the images) and GIMP and Inkscape (for the text).  The first one is based on a Barnsley Fractal and the sage source code is available here.

small fern

David’s other creation is a Sierpinski gasket that has been coloured such that it resembles a Christmas tree.  The SAGE source code is given below.


def sierpinski_seasons_greetings():
Code by Marshall Hampton.
Colors by David Joyner.
General depth by Rob Beezer.
Copyright Marshall Hampton 2008, licensed
creative commons, attribution share-alike.
depth = 7
nsq = RR(3^(1/2))/2.0
tlist_old = [[[-1/2.0,0.0],[1/2.0,0.0],[0.0,nsq]]]
tlist_new = [x for x in tlist_old]
for ind in range(depth):
for tri in tlist_old:
for p in tri:
new_tri = [[(p[0]+x[0])/2.0, (p[1]+x[1])/2.0] for x in tri]
tlist_old = [x for x in tlist_new]
T = tlist_old
N = 4^depth
N1 = N - 3^depth
q1 = sum([line(T[i]+[T[i][0]], rgbcolor = (0,1,0)) for i in range(N1)])
q2 = sum([line(T[i]+[T[i][0]], rgbcolor = (1,0,0)) for i in range(N1,N)])
show(q2+q1, figsize = [6,6*nsq], axes = False)

It just goes to show that advanced mathematical software such as SAGE doesn’t just have to be used for teaching and research – it can be used for making mathematical Christmas cards too! SAGE is completely free and is available from the SAGE math website. Thanks to David for his work on this one.

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