Bouncing balls in a circle gives one of the simplest systems to exhibit chaos, as was pointed out in a comment by Andrew Moylan. The animation above shows two balls which start off with almost exactly the same speed and location, but before long they are travelling along completely different trajectories. Such high sensitivity to the initial conditions defines chaos.
In this visualisation, each point in the circle is given a colour in a rainbow pattern. The animation shows at each time where a ball dropped at each point within the circle has ended up, by colouring that point appropriately. For example at the first frame, all the balls are stationary, and we see the rainbow pattern. Then as time progresses, the balls drop down and the pattern correspondingly goes up. A black band appears and moves up, which shows which balls are doing their first bounce. Soon the order disappears- it looks random like the divergence of the two balls above. [more] [code]
Atomic Art is inspired by the mysterious and magical patterns of atoms as seen through modern microscopes.
The sublime patterns speak of the subtle energies that lie just beyond our perceptions.
At present, the art is based on Silicon and Iridium atoms. Silicon is the eighth most common element in the universe and sits at the heart of all things digital. Iridium is one of the rarest of elements and is used in the production of semiconductors.
David Mankey has been creating Atomic Art since 1988 and has held many successful exhibitions including a ground breaking multimedia driven show at the National Science and Technology Centre and at the Front Gallery.