Math Has Never Looked as Pretty as This

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When you were at high school, math was probably an uninspiring string of algebra you had to crunch through. Get to the cutting edge of computational fluid dynamics, though, and it all starts to look a hell of a lot more pretty.

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These images represent incredibly complex fluid flows, and were generated suing supercomputers by researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota. From the top, these images show off examples of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, and finally some good ol' fashioned turbulence.

The best bit? They're available as high-res image files so you can download them and use them as your desktop background. [LCSE via Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics]

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Illustration for article titled Math Has Never Looked as Pretty as This
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martinblase
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I was good at math, right up until they introduced differential equations, which is calculus done backwards where you have no fixed algorithms to solve with and your problems have an infinite number of solutions. For a logical, well-ordered brain, it was just too much.

Fortunately, computer science was right there to pick me up and show me how awesome pure logic could be.

I admire fluid dynamics, but I'd have to go through college all over again just to understand it. Thank goodness for Mathematica and pretty visualizations.