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Can you guess what this is? We'll give you the answer later. For now, all you need to know is that it's part of an online exhibition celebrating Princeton University's first-ever Art of Science Competition.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Program in Visual Arts and other groups asked the Princeton community to enter "imagery produced in the course of research or incorporating tools and concepts from science."

As in , the results range from the cosmic to the complex to the cartoonish. But perhaps more mind-bending than the images are their explanations.

One vaguely Lichtenstein-like piece is "a representation of the universal cover of the doubly-pointed Heegaard diagram of genus 1 of a (1,1)-knot."

Another work has to do with the "Taconic Orogeny" and apparently owes its existence to the fact that "the breccia is limestone and forms odd angles due to a partial dissolution before the mud matrix filled in around it."

Still another piece offers viewers an intimate look at "the genitalia of a female spider of the species Nephila edulis."

As for the one featured in our little quiz? Well, that image shows a fractal "obtained by iteratively applying the transformation z

But then, you'd guessed that already, hadn't you?

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