Biophilic Fractals and the Visual Journey of Organic Screen-savers

R. P. Taylor
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

J. C. Sprott
Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Computers have led to the remarkable popularity of mathematically-generated fractal patterns. Fractals have also assumed a rapidly expanding role as an art form. Due to their growing impact on cultures around the world and their prevalence in nature, fractals constitute a central feature of our daily visual experiences throughout our lives. This intimate association raises a crucial question – does exposure to fractals have a positive impact on our mental and physical condition? This question raises the opportunity for readers of this journal to have some visual fun. Each year a different nonlinear inspired artist is featured on the front cover of the journal. This year, Scott Draves’s fractal art works continues this tradition. In May 2007, we selected twenty of Draves’s artworks and invited readers to vote for their favorites from this selection. The most popular images will feature on the front covers this year. In this article, we discuss fractal aesthetics and Draves’s remarkable images.

Ref: R. P. Taylor and J. C. Sprott,  Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences 12, 117-129 (2008).

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