Vortex maze construction


Jie Xu and Craig S. Kaplan. Vortex maze construction. Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, 1(1), March 2007, pages 7-20.


The creation of engaging mazes requires both mathematical and aesthetic considerations. We present an algorithm for producing mazes that we feel are difficult to solve. This algorithm is based on constructing and connecting obfuscating maze devices called vortices. A vortex is a collection of passages that wind around each other in a spiral and converge on a central junction. We explore variations on vortex construction that enable a range of aesthetic opportunities in the design of mazes, and demonstrate our technique with several of our own examples.


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