The story of a mathematical wizard and how he brought the entire Roman army to its knees.
“A Glimmer in the Infinite” by Jaya Prime
No.8 of 36 in the “Spectral Recursion” series
“But leave the Wise to wrangle and, with me,
The Quarrel of the Universe let be.
And, in some corner of the hubbub coucht,
Make game of that which makes as much of thee.”
~Edward Fitzgerald, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Story: One man defended the city of Syracuse against the entirety of the Roman army. Soldiers only mentioned his name in whispers, as his name could quickly spread fear throughout the whole encampment. The Romans seiged the city for six years, and this one man had built traps, tricks, catapults, and had even created waves in the ocean to sink ships… going so far as to set ships ablaze using mirrors. This mathematician was one of the world’s greatest magicians, and he was completely obsessed with circles.
His name was Archimedes.
He died to a soldier on the beaches of Syracuse; a soldier that Caesar would later execute for having killed the greatest mind of their time. Archimedes was discovered dead on the sand. Drawn on the sand around him was a series of circles that, only thousands of years later, would we recognize as the earliest form of calculus.
Incept: This design is a remix of my award-winning album art for Daft Punk’s “The Grid”. It is a linear tile fractal that forms an infinite grid of circles. Circles within circles within circles, ad infinitum.
More: “A Glimmer in the Infinite”, both the story and the fractal, are a part of the book “Spectral Iteration” by San Jaya Prime. For the first time ever, it has been published as a full-color, full-page fine art book here on Amazon:
Spectral Iteration: A Prismatic Journey thru the Beautiful Art of Fractals and Abstracts
A beautiful winter storm where snowflakes mingle with the stars of the sky above, created as a fusion between fractals and deep dreams.
“A Dream of Winter” by Jaya Prime
No.7 of 36 in the “Spectral Recursion” series
“Dark falls the seasons on turning wheel.
Cold takes the shadows nearest window sills.
Take warmth’s token and make of it bed,
where Bone Frost’s fingers pass o’erhead”
~San Jaya Prime, The Wayfarer’s Songs
Facts: Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is not cold because of how far our planet is from the sun, but because of the angle of the light that strikes us — our planet’s “tilt”. In summer, the light hits us head on, as a spear, then ripples out in photonic waves across the surface. In winter, the light hits us at an angle, and the photonic waves literally splash over the surface — as a stone skipping across the top of a lake — and then back out into space. Add this to the limited hours of photonic exposure in winter, and you will find that frost soon follows. That does not, however, explain how a warm cup of cocoa can melt even the coldest of nights. That’s just magic.
Incept: I pulled the original hyperbolic fractal from the “StarSeed” poster that many already know from my music, then ran it through a few deep dream filters before adding stars, snowflakes, and lens flare.
In the darkest of seasons, find the light that warms you and take it with you.
Spectral Iteration, The Book
“A Dream of Winter” and more than thirty other fractals and abstracts are a part of the book “Spectral Iteration” by San Jaya Prime. For the first time ever, it has been published as a full-color, full-page fine art book here on Amazon: Spectral Iteration: A Prismatic Journey thru the Beautiful Art of Fractals and Abstracts