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Dr. Cye Waldman

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"The Incomplete Gamma Function for Log-Aesthetic Curves"

More members of the Spiral Family of Plane Curves:
The Spirals of Archimedes, of Fermat, of Euler, of Cornu,
- Hyperbolic, Logarithmic, Spherical, Parabolic, Nielsen's, Seiffert . . . .

287 - 212 BC

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Log Aesthetic Spiral Curves with parameter a = 4.

Our table shows the polynomial terms for the first few values of a.

"My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful, but when I had to choose...I usually chose the beautiful."
"No mathematician can be a complete mathematician unless he is also something of a poet."
"It would be very discouraging if somewhere down the line you could ask a computer if the Riemann hypothesis is correct and it said, 'Yes, it is true, but you won't be able to understand the proof."

Hermann Weyl

Karl Weierstrass

Ronald Graham

Matlab Remarks

The calculations were carried out on a Pentium 6-core i7 3.20 GHz computer using Matlab.  The exceptional speed of the DNS can be attributed to the Matlab function cumtrapz .  This is in lieu of  10^5 - 10^6  for  loop calculations.
Calculation time

  Incomplete Gamma Spiral for Yin-Yang


We confined our graphics to integer values of a.

Olver, F.W.J.,  Lozier, D.W., Boisvert, R. F., and Clark, C. W., (2010).  NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions.  Cambridge University Press, New York.

Ziatdinov, R., Yoshida, N., and Kim, T., (2012).  Analytic parametric equations of log-aesthetic curves of incomplete gamma functions,  Computer Aided Geometric Design, 29 (2), 129-140.
Other Waldman contributions to the NCB:
Sinusoidal Spirals:  < >
Bessel Functions    < >
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