Just A Trophy
  • A.J.

    It makes me happy that you include fractals in your comics 🙂

    • Trevor

      I apologize for being super pedantic, but this is not a fractal. Fractals are self-similar at all points contained in the fractal, while this is only self similar at the top part. Also, if one calculated the dimensionality of this structure in would be exactly 3 rather than a fraction.

      • HunterJE

        Would the face he makes in the last panel would be, though? Actually asking…

        • Allo

          No. A fractal has no termination. So for the face to be a fractal, his entire head would have to be a part of an even bigger head, etc, so the pattern would continue in both directions.

  • coolkid

    so many trophies

    • HunterJE

      As discussed below, only 17 at the outside.

  • Actual

    Did he make is own trophy which is the trophy he won? It would make sense, because he would only win if he made the best trophy, and if he won he deserves the best trophy.

    • Talbot

      He did make the trophy, but the award for making the best trophy is actually the little black plaque on the base. That part is awarded by the judges and affixed to the trophy afterward.

  • Kelly

    Is there a link to all of the recursive type comics, or is this the only other one? http://invisiblebread.com/2013/01/reminders

  • HunterJE

    Don't worry too much about the recursion, took and estimated some measurements and did some math, that each iteration is scaled by the same proportion, the trophy has fewer than 20 iterations before you have to stop (assuming the thing is made of atoms, at least)…

    [Assume the main pillar of the first iteration is about fifteen centimeters across. Each iteration, measuring from the comic, is approximately 30% the size of the last. At sixteen iterations, your trophy is .15 * .3^17 = 1.9*10^-10 m. The idealized diameter of a single carbon atom is 340 pm, or 3.4*10^-10 m. In other words, our 17th iteration is smaller around than a carbon atom.]

    • HunterJE

      Whoops changed some bits but left some old stuff through bad editing, bracketed section should read:

      [Assume the main pillar of the zeroth iteration is about fifteen centimeters across. Each subsequent iteration, measuring from the comic, is approximately 30% the size of the last. At seventeen iterations, your trophy is .15 * .3^17 = 1.9*10^-10 m. The idealized diameter of a single carbon atom is 340 pm, or 3.4*10^-10 m. In other words, our 17th iteration is smaller around than a carbon atom.]

    • Tromse

      I counted far more than 17 iterations: It didn't even stop at 100 😉

      • HunterJE

        Then it's made of some kind of exotic non-baryonic matter not known to modern science…

    • elliot

      omg too much science

  • Laugeo

    Somehow, I missed this comic strip and just found it through the random button.