Richard Taylor, Department of Physics

Richard Taylor

Practice Areas: Chaos Theory, Fractals, Art and Science, Authenticating Art, Jackson Pollock

Richard Taylor is an academic expert in chaos theory, fractals, and the relationship between art and science. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of physics, psychology and art, and the director of the Materials Science Institute. Richard’s research focuses on "bioinspiration" in which artificial systems benefit from using nature's patterns (fractals and chaos). His two biggest projects are 1) using bio-inspired retinal implants to restore vision to victims of retinal diseases and 2) using bio-inspired fractal images to reduce people's stress levels. He also uses computer analysis to study and authenticate art works. Richard is considered the leading expert on the artist Jackson Pollock.

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Recent Media:
Ready to chill out? Look no further than nature’s fractals. (Sierra Club Magazine, Aug. 24, 2022)
Why our "wandering brains" are wired to love art and nature (Salon, June 15, 2021)
Oregon researchers unveil the weaving fractal network of connecting neurons (EurekAlert, March, 2, 2021)
Study finds that by age 3 kids prefer nature's fractal patterns (Around the O, Dec. 11, 2020)
Feeling Anxious? Houseplants Aren’t the Only Way to Bring Nature Inside (The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28, 2020)
Research shows fractals could be pleasing in solar panels (Around the O, April 20, 2020)
In times of uncertainty, let nature be your refuge (The Guardian, March 20, 2020)
Innovation without borders (Oregon Business, Aug. 29, 2019)
Carpet design inspired by UO physics gets the world's attention (Around the O, July 23, 2019)
Jackson Pollock's not-so-fabulous fakes (The East Hampton Star, March 7, 2019)
Richard Taylor studies eyesight using physics (1859 Oregon's Magazine, Oct. 24, 2017)
Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducing (Smithsonian Magazine, March 31, 2017)
Fractal secrets of Rorschach's famed ink blots revealed (Nature, Feb. 14, 2017)
Why fractals are so soothing (The Atlantic, Jan. 26, 2017)
Paintings reveal early signs of cognitive decline, claims study (The Guardian, Dec. 29, 2016)
Stressed out? These 5 relaxing images will bring you instant calm (Health, Nov. 30, 2016)
Scientific crop circle research held back by links to UFO conspiracies (ABC Rural, July 26, 2016)
Robot vs. Robot (The Atlantic, March 12, 2015)
VIDEO: TEDx Talk: Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences (May 7,  2014)
VIDEO: UO: A Couple Minutes with ... Richard Taylor (Oct. 3, 2011)
Advancing technology through cross-disciplinary collaboration (The Huffington Post, July 27, 2011)
Benoit Mandelbrot - hunting the hidden dimension (NOVA, Jan. 11, 2011)
VIDEO: Hunting the hidden dimension (NOVA, Oct. 23, 2008)