Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 15, Iss. 1, January, 2011, pp. 129-136
@2011 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


The Art and Science of Foam Bubbles

R. P. Taylor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Abstract: Art and science become inevitably intertwined in our appreciation of nature”s forms. This concept is demonstrated by the creative team responsible for the 2011 cover images of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. Denis Weaire, Stefan Hutzler, Wiebke Drenckhan form a leading international collaboration with photographers Tim Durham and Michael Boran that explores the physics of bubble patterns. The images they generate capture and manipulate the striking aesthetic impact of foam bubbles. Furthermore, the foams exhibit a balance between simplicity and intricacy that symbolizes many of the complex systems that permeate nature and society.

Keywords: fractal, art, foam, aesthetics