!header Quasi-Fuchsian Groups !begin-text-block Popularized in the book Indra’s Pearls, quasi-Fuchsian groups are discrete groups of conformal (i.e. angle-preserving) transformations of the complex numbers — but only ones where the limit set is contained in a Jordan curve. A more down-to-earth explanation is that a quasi-Fuchsian group contains a handful of functions, and applying those functions and their inverses repeatedly can make a given starting point converge somewhere. If we plot all of those somewheres, we often end up with a striking picture — even the simplest case is an Apollonian net, a fractal created by filling a large circle with smaller ones. !wilson !end-text-block !begin-text-boxes resolution 500 Resolution !end-text-boxes
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