We describe a numerical algorithm to compute surfaces that are approximately self-similar under mean curvature flow. The method restricts computation to a two-dimensional subspace of the space of embedded manifolds that is likely to contain a self-similar solution.
Using the algorithm, we recover the self-similar torus of Angenent and find several surfaces that appear to approximate previously unknown self-similar surfaces. Two of them may prove to be counterexamples to the conjecture of uniqueness of the weak solution for mean curvature flow for surfaces.
"Computation of self-similar solutions for mean curvature flow." Experiment. Math. 3 (1) 1 - 15, 1994.