The Mathematica Programmer
Volume 2, Issue 2
Roman E. Maeder
Minimal surfaces have a strange beauty and an amazing variety of shapes.
We investigate a simple formula that can produce an infinite number of
minimal surfaces. This topic provides a good illustration of the combination
of symbolic computation, numerical evaluation, and graphics within Mathematica.
Symbolic simplification is necessary to find analytic continuations of
the multivalued functions used to describe the surfaces. We use animation
to show the continuous transformation of one surface into another.