Research Interests: Poetry, Mathematics, Cosmology, The Book of Changes (易經 I Ching), Chinese Calligraphy, Piano and Voice, Therapeutic practices

Education: PhD Mathematics, Boston University 2016 Genealogy

Mathematical and poetic writings can be found on my blog. See further my sites here: youtubeetsyinstagramamazon

A Brief Introduction to my Work

Art, as best it can, doth follow nature, As pupil follows master; industry Or art is, so to speak, grandchild to God. From these two sources Mankind must take its sustenance and progress.  (Canto XI of the Inferno)

I am interested in mathematics, poetry, piano and voice, Chinese calligraphy, religious (numinous) and therapeutic teachings.

I learned calligraphy in China; my work is in the style of 歐陽詢, of the Tang dynasty. Calligraphy is one of the primary modalities through which I conduct research in somatic intelligence. Along similar lines, my work in poetry has been a process of listening to stillness. That is, the process of becoming still and waiting for something to emerge. In this way we come to understand the notion of creative emergence, and at its deepest level we come into acquaintance with the Soul (see my two poem prelude Reminiscence). This is nothing new, for in the words of Newton,

Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation. I keep the subject constantly before me and wait ’till the first dawning opens slowly by little and little, into a full clear light.

For example, after becoming still for a moment, I realize the following simple poetic phrase:

focus changes in an instant, from a worry to a flower, within the hour I am healed.

Poems I have written include Blink and Still Leaf, both of which can be found in a local Vermont anthology called Randolph’s Poem TownBlink was translated into Chinese and published in the newspaper of YueYang city in the Hunan Province of China.

In terms of my mathematical work, at the moment I am focused on writing a series of notes serving as a foundational study in modern mathematics. These notes can be found on my blog.


  1. A Commentary on A Fractal Epistemology for Transpersonal Psychology. International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (To Appear)
  2.  Blink. Randolph’s PoemTown, April 2019. Randolph, Vermont
  3.  冬天的早晨 (Translation of poem Blink), 岳阳周刊 (Yueyang Daily), January 27th, 2019 (Newspaper of Yueyang City, Yueyang, Hunan, China).
  4. Chapter entitled On the Mathematical and Transpersonal Foundations of Fractal Geometry and DynamicsA Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology: Bridging the Personal with the Transpersonal. Edited by Terry Marks-Tarlow, Harris Friedman, and Yakov Shapiro. Cambridge Scholars
  5. Still Leaf. Randolph’s PoemTown, April 2020. Randolph, Vermont
  6. Reminiscence. Self-Published, September 2020. Available here

Further research

Calligraphy by Jonathan Root (風乾). Written in the late fall of 2020, in Vermont – 庚子寒露於佛蒙特. Calligraphy in the style of 歐陽詢. Written on the Wall at Chang’s Hermitage 題張氏隱居二首 – poet Du Fu 杜甫 (712AD-770AD) of the Tang Dynasty. Read more about this piece: https://jonathanroot.org/2020/10/22/written-on-the-wall-at-changs-hermitage/