Day 84: Something Beautiful—Johnston’s Fractal Art

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Roger Johnston is a Rennaisance man. Fractal artist, mathematician, and violinist. By day an optical physicist. The guy who fixed the Hubble. One of the major players in building the next generation of optical telescopes used to discover water on the lunar surface and Mars.

fractal-2This is a Johnston creation. Vibrant, exuberant. Proving computers are much more than tools for crunching numbers.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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4 Responses to Day 84: Something Beautiful—Johnston’s Fractal Art

  1. Chas Spain says:

    so playful and, of course beautiful. Thanks Donna – well chosen – especially for showing a creative scientist

    • vbassoc says:

      From my cognitive training, I’ve learned that the folks coming up with the big ideas in science have strong preferences in thinking styles from both sides of the brain—the concrete, linear and abstract, network. I’d love to watch someone’s process in creating these. Looking close, you can understand that there’s been a systematic part—but it feels completely free and light. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too.

      • Chas Spain says:

        Hi Donna – It’s so important to be able to acknowledge the ‘wholeness’ of people in this way. When people (in my day job) persist on splitting science from art in their discussions I use the example of the symphony orchestra from the nearby Melbourne Hospitals, which is made up from the medical staff alone.

  2. vbassoc says:

    Sorry I’ve been remiss in responding. By way of follow up, it seems the truly brilliant understand that the concrete and abstract provide an important tension in thinking. So Melbourne Hospitals have their own orchestra. How fabulous! I sang in a big band with a number of doctors—also very creative people.

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