Prime NumbersThe images on this page have been produced by performing a mod 5 on the difference between consecutive prime numbers. So, for example, the numbers 13 and 17 are consecutive primes and the difference between the 2 is 4. A mod 5 is then performed on the result of 4, which just happens to be 4 (4 mod 5 = 4). The result of the mod operation then moves a pen either up, down, left or right (1 pixel at a time). Unlike the prime number islands, the result of this mod operation has 5 possibilities (0, 1, 2, 3, or 4). As the pen can only move in 4 directions, one of the mod 5 outcomes is ignored, which results in the pen not moving for that answer. At some point in the future I'll put the executable and source code on this page. Feel free to send any questions or comments to craig@craigsarea.com I've put some example images below. The left hand column of images represents the results of a mod 5 while only using an answer of 0 (UP), 1 (RIGHT), 2 (DOWN), or 3 (LEFT) to move the pen (an answer of 4 is ignored). The right hand column performs the same mod 5 on the same prime numbers, but only answers of 1 (UP), 2 (RIGHT), 3 (DOWN), or 4 (LEFT) move the pen (an answer of 0 is ignored). Click on any of the images to view the full size JPEG image. The full size images have a large width and height, but the filesizes are small (less than 200K). The JPEG compression causes some data loss in the full size images, but it still gives a good representation of the results. Over the next few days I'll upload the original zipped up BMP files. I was suprised at how straight and consistant the lines are. Also, no matter what range of primes I use, the lines always seem to follow the same trend (angle, thickness and direction). Interestingly, in most (hundreds) of the images I have generated the red and blue lines grow close to each other, touch, and then grow apart.
Sometimes the lines touch and follow each other before growing apart. They seem to rarely cross each other. On the ocasions they do cross each other, they seem to cross back quite quickly. The lines also seem to have a fairly consistant thickness. The difference between 2 consecutive prime numbers can only move the pen a single pixel at a time. All the images I have generated seem to have lines several pixels thick. The left hand images, which ignore a mod 5 answer of 4, seem quite similar to the right hand images, which ignore a mod 5 answer of 0, but the left hand images always seem to be longer. The reason for the rotation between the left hand and right images is merely due to the way I have plotted them and is not really a factor of the prime numbers. In some parts of the images the lines seem to almost mirror each other. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size image.
