Prime Portraits

Zachary Abel
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 359–362 Short Papers


We introduce a versatile method for finding prime numbers that display surprisingly intricate visual patterns— hypothetically, any desired pattern is possible, with only mild distortion. We use this method to locate several examples of large prime numbers that are, in and of themselves, self-referential works of art.