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Complex Circle, 1 Slit Hahnemühle German Etching Print

Complex Circle, 1 Slit Hahnemühle German Etching Print

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The equation \(x^2 + y^2 = 1\) describes the unit circle in the real Cartesian plane. We may write \(y = \pm\sqrt{1 - x^2}\) and treat the circle as a union of two semi-circle graphs.

Similarly, the equation \(z^2 + w^2 = 1\) in the complex Cartesian plane describes a surface that can be written as a union of two graphs. The complex square root is only continuous if we remove branch cuts, and the two graphs here are only continuous if we slit the complex plane somewhere.

This image shows continuous branches on the plane with the real interval \([-1, 1]\) removed.

Printed on archival quality Hahnemühle German etching paper (310gsm) with a velvety surface.

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