Art for today's @quantamag
article. At a glance this doesn't look complicated. You can make a network easily in C4D or any other app, and there are various plugins to help. But this isn't just any network: it's an example of graph coloring — a mathematical problem where colors (or other labels) are assigned to parts of a graph within specific constraints.
The vertices in this particular 3D graph are allowed to be one of 4 different colors, and no two vertices of the same color can be connected. No green vertex shares an edge with another green, etc. This chromatic number, 4, depends on a network's features, like how many connections each vertex has.
I colored this graph manually and it was a bit of a PITA, even though I tried to limit the number of vertices showing. I'm curious how my more code-oriented artist friends, or C4D experts, would handle this vertex coloring problem: for example, a snippet of code in Houdini or Processing? Maybe some settings in X-Particles? Maybe even just Xpresso + Thinking Particles? @dvdp @davebeesbombs @rawandrendered @greyscalegorilla @eyedesyn
— tagging you guys in case you'd have ideas or know someone else who might 😬