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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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Likewise, many artists, in all media, are fascinated with the latest discoveries in science and developments in technology, seeing them as inspiration, and using them as instruments of artistic exploration, investigation, and expression.

Because both speak of what is certainly to come, however, it is incumbent upon us to learn to understand them. He admits in both books to not showing the whole picture or alternate theories due to the limitations of a single book. The only criticism I have is that I wish that all artwork he mentions in the text could be included in the book.

Though the narrative sags at times, and the whole book could have become a tighter and more readable tome by losing about pages, I highly recommend pushing through to the last few chapters. Does really a Cubist painting represent in a more informative way, or has more explanatory power, than language, when it comes to the tenets of relativity, such as Lorentz invariance? Art interprets the visible world. Shlain is vague, and at times makes some assertions that are a little far-fetched, but I think the point of this book is to make you think of things in a different way, not necessarily to teach you to think certain things.

He is the author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: Jul 07, Kristin rated it really liked it. This is probably one of the most infuriatingly frustrating books I have read in quite a long time. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. However, this book convinced me that there is, like, a higher power, probably a part of the fourth dimension of spacetime. 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.


Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius. Or the equally interesting two-way relationship between the cultural environment in general including the arts and science relationship which is one of the shkain themes that philosophy of science tries to address. At points when I was reading this it felt too much like scientific progress was all important and art was just some kind of handmaiden- but maybe that’s just me reading too much into it.

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Winter was really great at drawing people–she even drew a sweet rendition of Pocahontas instead of the boring gray-scale assignment we were supposed to be working on. Shlain, a California surgeon, has bravely ventured into two snd areas beyond the reach of his certified expertise in the medical sciences.

He turns next to Arr second great 20th century discovery concerning gravity and uses numerous examples from art to show how the sculptor anticipated and expressed the great physicist’s revolution.

Review “Bold and persuasive Nevertheless, it anx two legs to walk: At that time I made a claim that I would know more about the world dhlain I picked this book. Moreover, special relativity does NOT mean arbitrary subjectivity, as each frame of reference can be mathematically translated into another frame with the appropriate Lorentz transformation. For example, the stable inertial frame so important for classical mechanics is compared to the transition to a dominant mode in classical music.

This reduction of the myriad of forms to only two was the ultimate in dualistic reasoning.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Open Preview See a Problem? I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Never before has such material been explored deeply and lucidly enough for non-specialists.

phhsics Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. But, watching the parallels of science and art unfold explained a lot about WHY the art movements happened and what they mean. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Please try again later. I bought this book in when it was first published in Vietnam.


This book is interesting but I can’t help feeling like it’s a little misguided. Christianity adopted dualism when it created the strict division between good and evil and heaven and hell. I didn’t always agree with the conclusions he makes but my curiosity was stoked by trying out his theories and coming hpysics with some other what ifs? Overall, a very compelling read, although some sulain the biology in the last couple of chapters is quite out of date.

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I have a new understanding and appreciation for modern art. Set up a giveaway. He lives in Mill Valley, California. This book ranges from a numerous fields, including literature, psychology, philosophy, and of course, art and physics.

No eBook available Amazon. Read it and see for yourself. If artists really are unknowingly creating works that anticipate cutting-edge physics, what could explain such prescience?

Julian Jaynes has argued that consciousness itself is a metaphorical space we have created linguistically. The Heart of Mathematics: This is a deeply flawed statement: I point out this last detail because I think non-professional works of high intellectual ambition are pretty rare.

Shlain concedes that throughout this period, artists and physicists have paid scant attention to one another’s work, but he develops the idea that the most innovative artists nonetheless prepared the public’s mind for expanded conceptions of reality. A surgeon by trade, Shlain takes a fairly deep dive for a non-practitioner in either field into the basics of both the art world and that of western physics.

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His thesis starts off strong, but he cherry picks examples after the Renaissance, missing a whole lot of potential comparisons. Not everyone was impressed with Shlain. That question pulls Shlain into metaphysical territory.

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