Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Order in Pollock's Chaos," by Richard P. Taylor. Scientific American, December 2002, pages 116-119.

Taylor, a physicist who also has a degree in art, writes of his analysis of fractal patterns in Jackson Pollock's paintings. He uses both words and pictures to explain the basis of his conclusions regarding the connection between fractals and Pollock's art, especially showing why Pollock's drips aren't random, as they may appear to be. Taylor also provides some background on fractals and their dimension in the article. A previous article about Taylor and his studies of Pollock's art appeared in an earlier Math Digest.

--- Mike Breen