Spectral Harmonographs

This Python + Pygame program draws the trace of 4 decaying sine waves, 2 per axis, with rainbow colours. It generates a sequence of random harmonographs.

A harmonograph is a mechanical device typically seen in science museums, that has two …

Stars and Stripes

A variation on the Stars and Stripes American Flag for Independence Day. It’s an exercise in the use of transparency in Pygame. The stripes are made transparent so the stars image behind shows through.…

Fast Mandelbrot Set by QuadTree

Most Mandelbrot Set programs proceed along the display area, pixel by pixel horizontally, row by row from top to bottom. This one doesn’t. It divides up the screen into 6 horizontal squares in 2 rows, then for each one, checks …

Random Walk

A colourful random walk. The basic idea is very simple: choose a random heading in the range 0:360 degrees. Step in that direction. Choose another random heading & step again. Do this 2,000 times. As a bonus, we go through …

Turtle Star

A very simple Turtle program. Turtle can draw intricate shapes using programs that repeat simple moves.

Turtle graphics is a popular way for introducing programming to kids. It was part of the original Logo programming language developed by Wally Feurzig …

Naive Mandelbrot Set

This is your basic Mandelbrot Set plotter. Very little effort made to speed it up, except for plotting top & bottom pixels together as they’re mirrored across the x-axis. Later I’ll show you some much faster programs!

The heart of …

Fractal Tree

This program draws a ‘tree’ by drawing a trunk (initially; later it’s a branch) and appending a tree, recursively. Uses Pillow.…