Kevin Xin - Earth Orbit

I have a soft spot for visualisations that do justice to the how pretty the underlying maths is. In this case, it is supposed to be an image of the path the Earth traces around the Sun in a year under Newton's law of gravitation. This uses an approximate algorithm, specifically the first order Euler's method. It seems the Earth in my computer's artful imagination doesn't follow the laws of physics - it likes to be more beautiful (the more boring version is but bugged code created a prettier visualisation than the debugged code!).

Kevin is a Mathematics and Computer Science Undergraduate in the Mathematical Institute and Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.