Picture Post. Minimal nerd talk.

a = 1.3, viewport center = -0.4156 + 1.0436i. Formula information at Bugs #14.

Picture Post. Minimal nerd talk.

a = 1.3, viewport center = -0.4156 + 1.0436i. Formula information at Bugs #14.

Picture Post. Minimal nerd talk.

a = 1.3, viewport center = -0.0981 + 1.239i. Formula information at Bugs #14.

For the next few days, I am going to post images from the bug formula without the nerd talk.

a = 1.5, center at -0.153+2.163i

Here is a look at the vertical spoke rising above the origin. Msets and Tricorns alternate here as well. The picture back in Bugs #18 show a mini-tricorn. The text describes an infinite grid of points covering the whole plane where the iteration of 0 falls into a 2-cycle. The hot spots in this picture are some of the points on that grid.

Zoom out by another factor of two. The two shapes alternate over the entire horizontal axis at a spacing of .

Recall the formula, , and whatever you may remember about the sin() function. bugR() is periodic with period . bugR(z) = 0 for all , n an integer. For the even multiples, and for old multiples, . While these observations do not constitute a full proof, it does strongly suggest why the two shapes alternate along the real axis.

This one has the same zoom factor as the previous, the center has been moved to . As with the bugI images, m-sets and tricorns alternate, this time along the real (horizontal) access. Compare with Bugs #10.

Zoom out by another factor of 2.

No posts for the last two days. I have no excuses, I simply did not make the time. I will try to make up with multiple posts today.

The next few pictures are success out-zooms of Bugs #16 to get an idea of what the neighborhood looks like.

Today’s image is a zoom out by a factor of two.

For a quick recap, this formula is bugR, defined back in Bugs #14 , with parameter a = 2.5.

At the next intersection to the east is a mini-tricorn. The minibrots and tricorns alternate.

Yesterday’s image was a deep zoom into a “quiet” area. It appears that an infinite grid with ever finer lines is everywhere. At every intersection, a deep zoom holds something interesting. Here is a distorted minibrot.

With z^2+c and a little algebra, you can show that if |z| > 2 + |c| then z escapes. Yesterday I showed a similar argument for bugI() which concludes that if |x| > a + 1 + |c| then z =x + yi escapes. So for both of these formulas, there are easily identified large areas where the orbit is guaranteed to escape. Also we saw that this type of simple algebra argument breaks down for bugR(). That does not prove that no such area exists, only that if it does, it will be difficult to find. Let’s dig deeper

Since this is a blog, not a book, I should recap frequently. We are iterating

Recall that

If a>.5 (an easy assumption, it has been true for every picture so far), u(p)=-.5 has a solution. In fact many solutions when you find one, is also a solution for any integer n.

Look at . where n and m are arbitrary integers.

These points lie on a grid. Equal space horizontally, decreasing spacing vertically because of the square root. But extending to infinity in all directions. Where ever you are in the plane you are surrounded by these points. The following will show that none of these points escape, in fact every one is a 2-cycle.

Lets iterate bugR(z^2+c)

So every one of these points generates a two cycle.

It is embarrassing to admit how much time I spent on this. My math skills are rusty.