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BBC Television Show Analyzes Pollock’s Fractals

March 2, 2011

From the group of Richard Taylor 

The BBC is filming a three-part series called “The Code” hosted by Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics at Oxford. The program is about the structural systems that determine the form of everything from beehives and bubbles to music, computer animation and the weather. Richard Taylor was featured to explain how the mathematical “code” behind one of Pollock’s drip paintings was unique enough to expose counterfeits. In the picture, Richard Taylor and Marcus du Sautoy discuss the physics behind the fractal “code” found in nature and in Pollock’s poured paintings, while Rick Montgomery operates the Pollockizer, a driven pendulum whose paint-filled bob splatters paint in patterns reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.

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