ORIGINAL SOURCE: Anchor P. & House R. (1955) Vortex structure in the oval partitions of enhanced disarray volumes. Journal of Focal Density 212, 21-98.
Readers will be familiar with this image from its popularisation in the title sequence of the famous TV series I, Scientist presented on CBS during the early 1960s by Martin Steinwaltz. The original image started life in the little-read Journal of Focal Density, published by the University of California at Dornington. This was part of a land acquisition program the university ran to establish itself in an area known to have extensive mineral deposits. The Journal was published as evidence that the university's intentions were honourable and driven by academic purpose. However, the journal, which only published papers which had been rejected by at least two other journals as a strategy to avoid close scrutiny of its content or origins, was the only physical manifestation of the university in the county of Dornington, apart from three drilling trucks which were kept on 24-hour standby for almost 13 years. Legal ambiguities over who held the original land rights caused the university to withdraw in 1970. Three papers, including this one, were key elements in the Nobel committee awarding prizes in this field. The fields of Dornington, however, remain to this day unexplored for their supposed mineral wealth.