Art interprets the visible world, physics charts its unseen workings–making the two realms seem completely opposed. But in Art & Physics, Leonard Shlain tracks. “Art and physics, like wave and particle, are an integrated duality: They are simply two different but complementary facets of a single description. A California surgeon explores the striking parallels in the evolution of Western art and science in this enlightening exploration of where ideas.
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Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
God begins leeonard chiding Abraham: The Conflict Between Word and Image. Yes, in the journal. By the way, such examples of “simultaneity” can be seen in the cave paintings of the Lascaux Cave – does it mean that our artistically gifted human ancestors had some form of special relativity pre-cognition more than 20, years ago?
Truthfully speaking I couldn’t finish even a chapter, mainly because I had no idea about many terms, which were not familiar to me, and I was ignorant of basic knowledge about art and even physics. Christianity adopted dualism when it created the strict division between good and evil and heaven and hell. He realized that in the cases of some modern works, he could not explain to her why they qualified as “art” at all!
Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
Shlain offers detailed anecdotes from the history of Western culture–from the ancient Greeks’ penchant for single-melody choruses and blank rectangles, through the fragmented art and science of the Medieval period, to modern art’s redefinition of reality and the relativity revolution in science–to illustrate how major movements in art have generally preceded scientific breakthroughs based on equivalent ideas, despite the artists and scientists involved having remained largely ignorant of one another’s work.
I figured I’d read the first two chapters, get the main idea give up. Also, it was a little repetitive, so I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shorter, and maybe had some color plates especially in the parts that were about color! He suggests that the existence of a universal mind -“an overarching, disembodied universal consciousness that binds and organizes the power generated by every person’s thoughts” – could explain “how an artist can incorporate ideas into his or her work that have not as yet been discovered by physicists and that are certainly unknown to the general public.
Van Gogh once wrote, “A child in the cradle has the infinite in its eye” Oct 14, Tam Nguyen rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I was completely unprepared for Leonard Shlain, who outlined how breakthroughs in science happen concurrently with breakthroughs in the visual arts. I bought it without realizing it was the same author.
I really has me questioning why I do my art the way I do. Shlain concluded after extensive research that “the radical innovations of art embody the preverbal stages of new concepts” concerning the nature of real Leonard Shlain, a surgeon from California, began this project after visiting an art museum with his young daughter.
Really, the scope of the book is pretty incredible, and those last few chapters belie Shlain’s sjlain in the introduction that his goal is to help himself and others understand modern art and advances in physics.
It is a brilliant, accessible and visionary look the most revolutionary artists and scientists from the golden Age of Greece to the present. Contrary to popular belief, the strength of such tidal forces is inversely proportional to the size of the black hole. This may sound far out, but I would suggest you give shlan book a fighting chance.
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Leonard Shlain, a surgeon from California, began this project after visiting an art museum with his young daughter. Art and Physics was an eye opener for me. This reduction of the myriad of forms to only two was the ultimate in dualistic shlqin. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I was naturally attracted to the title as I love reading about both art and physics. The chapter on music seemed perfunctory and a bit off the mark, but I don’t know if it’s because that’s my area of expertise, or because Shlain felt obligated to add a bit about music even though he didn’t really understand it.
Parallel Visions in SpaceTime and Light Los Angeles Time — October 1, Visionary Uses His Art in Brilliant Battle with Skeptics When a Marin County surgeon discourses on art and physics, especially after cheerfully admitting that he taught himself nearly all he knows about both subjects, the reader can be forgiven for some initial skepticism.
Oct 29, Sam Pranger rated it it was amazing. Mar 19, Carla Remy rated it really liked it Shelves: No eBook available Amazon. I imagine he might be referring to the leomard of quantum entanglement.
Read it and see for yoursel One of the author’s reasons for undertaking this project was to come to appreciate modern art. Like another whlain book of his “The Goddess VS the Alphabet,” Shlain is not coming at his subject as an expert but rather as a curious person.
However, this book convinced me that there is, like, a higher power, probably physiics part of the fourth dimension of spacetime. Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light and it was written by a surgeon. Shlain concluded after extensive research that “the radical innovations of art embody the preverbal stages of new concepts” concerning the nature of reality.
I have a new understanding and appreciation for modern art. This fact leads the author to get into a discussion of a universal mind of all mankind. The concept of left and right brain is examined in relationship to the disciplines. For example, did Picasso and Braque’s Cubism really chime with Einstein’s thought experiments about what happened to objects as you approached the speed of light?
Then, nearly simultaneously, a revolutionary physicist discovers a new way to lhysics about the world. Sep 02, Maxine rated it it was pnysics.
ART AND PHYSICS by Leonard Shlain | Kirkus Reviews
Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the history of physics and tie the two tightly together.
You know more than others. This is probably one of the most infuriatingly frustrating books I have read in quite a long time.
Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the h Although I am not sure, after reading this book, that I subscribe to the fundamental premise that the author suggests in this work, I highly recommend a read. Art translates curiosity and wonder into mastery over environment.
There seems to be something more accurate about the correspondences in metaphorical relationships than about the causal relationships between events that we purport to live by. I recommend it for everyone who wants to experience the joy of having knowledge about art and many more subjects.
A really cool book.