Interesting Esoterica

Gaussian prime spirals

Web page by Joseph O'Rourke
  • Published in 2012
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Imagine a particle in the complex plane, starting at $c_0$, a Gaussian integer, moving initially $\pm$ in the horizontal or vertical directions. When it hits a Gaussian prime, it turns left $90^{\circ}$.

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@online{item15,
	title = {Gaussian prime spirals},
	author = {Joseph O'Rourke},
	url = {http://mathoverflow.net/questions/91423/gaussian-prime-spirals},
	urldate = {2012-03-24},
	abstract = {Imagine a particle in the complex plane, starting at {\$}c{\_}0{\$}, a Gaussian integer, moving initially {\$}\pm{\$} in the horizontal or vertical directions. When it hits a Gaussian prime, it turns left {\$}90^{\{}\circ{\}}{\$}.},
	comment = {},
	collections = {easily-explained},
	year = 2012
}