## Stephen Schiller |

Digital Print, 24” by 15.6”, 2009.

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This image consists of a large number of circles. To describe the set of circles let [*a,b,c,d*] represent the circle whose points are the zeros of the bivariate polynomial

*p(x,y)=a(x ^{2}+y^{2})+bx+cy+d*.
If

Stephen Schiller, Principal Scientist, Adobe Systems Inc.

Oakland, CA

"Most of my mathematical art has its origins in images I make to help me understand the solution to some problem I am facing in my work as a computer scientist. There is great power in mathematical theorems that help us understand a complex set of objects. But sometimes such theorems hide, or at least allow us to temporarily ignore, the true complexity of a subject. This duality often comes up when one tries to actually implement a mathematical idea. Thus, I find myself interested in images that are a manifestation or rediscovery of the complexity that is inherent in even simple mathematical areas."