Art interprets the visible world, while physics charts its unseen workings--making the two realms seem completely opposed. But in Art & Physics, Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions. He explores art's strange clairvoyance by invoking evolutionary theory, split-brain ...
Art interprets the visible world, while physics charts its unseen workings--making the two realms seem completely opposed. But in Art & Physics, Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions. He explores art's strange clairvoyance by invoking evolutionary theory, split-brain research, philosophy and mythology. Photos and illustrations.
Art and Physics is one of the most interesting and challenging books I've ever read. His insights into both art and science as the world paradigm changes over the centuries is brilliant. I read cosmology and quantum physics for fun, and I am an artist, sod putting these two fields together taught me so much. Read this book!!!
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-06 Leonardo da Vinci's complex sequential drawings, of pigeon wings fluttering in flight and of patterns made by fast-flowing water, anticipated time-lapse photography by 300 years. Surrealist painters' space-time distortions seemingly foreshadowed Einstein's theory of relativity. Franz Kline and Kazimir Malevich attempted to make abstract paintings devoid of image, color and light years before physicists fully accepted the notion that black holes could exist. Using these and other examples, Shlain, a Northern California surgeon, advances his thesis that art is precognitive: artists conjure up revolutionary images and metaphors comprising preverbal expressions of the novel concepts later formulated by physicists. He roots his theory in brain research and in a Jungian archetypal unconscious said to be stored in DNA strands. His provocative discussion is rigorous enough to appeal to the skeptical scientist yet wholly accessible and engaging to the art lover or general reader. Many potential connections between art and science are brought into full focus, aided by scores of art reproductions, photographs and diagrams. (Oct.)
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