With SURFER you can experience the relation between formulas and forms, i. e. mathematics and art, in an interactive way. SURFER 2008 is based on the Surf program and offers an intuitive user interface to create images, multiple layers of images and animations. Additionally it contains a series of sample galleries with explanations.
SURFER 2008 is the original Surfer version that was developed for the IMAGINARY exhibitions in the Year of Mathematics 2008 in Germany.
With SURFER 2008 you can design beautiful algebraic surfaces and even animations of algebraic surfaces moving around, transforming and changing colours.
Mathematically, the program visualizes real algebraic geometry in real-time. The surfaces shown are given by the zero set of a polynomial equation in the variables x, y and z. All points in space that solve the equation are displayed and form the surface. The program contains a series of sample galleries for a good starting point. It also allows a lot of advanced settings and is hence also suitable for Surfer “experts” that want to design complicated surfaces.
SURFER 2008 is available for Windows and Linux systems. For a new, Java-based version of the program that is platform-independent, see SURFER.