Rose-Shaped Parametric Surface

This rose is actually a plot of a single continuous math equation. Click here to see a larger animation. Click here to see a rotatable 3D version. Click here to download some POV-Ray code for this image. You can also see this on Abdessemed Ali’s web site. See also my Passion Flower.new version: POV-Ray 3.6.1, 6/21/06
old version: Mathematica 4.2, MathGL3d, 3/5/04

(* runtime: 16 seconds *)
Rose[x_, theta_] := Module[{phi = (Pi/2)Exp[-theta/(8 Pi)], X = 1 - (1/2)((5/4)(1 - Mod[3.6 theta, 2 Pi]/Pi)^2 - 1/4)^2}, y = 1.95653 x^2 (1.27689 x - 1)^2 Sin[phi]; r = X(x Sin[phi] + y Cos[phi]); {r Sin[theta], r Cos[theta], X(x Cos[phi] - y Sin[phi]), EdgeForm[]}];
ParametricPlot3D[Rose[x, theta], {x, 0, 1}, {theta, -2 Pi, 15 Pi}, PlotPoints -> {25, 576}, LightSources -> {{{0, 0, 1}, RGBColor[1, 0, 0]}}, Compiled -> False]


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