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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This pbysics one to wonder if everything we are to discover has already been discovered or perhaps is just waiting for us to have new eyes in which to see what has been there all along. He asks a question, what if? I really ehlain me questioning why I do my art the way I do. I didn’t stop, I don’t want to lend this book out, but I will.

An exuberant stylist, he vividly mingles lucid explanations with colorful anecdotes to provide memorable intellectual thrills.

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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Open Preview See a Problem? Professional academics, scientists, artists and so The full title of this book is Art and Physics: Trivia About Art and Physics: Jul 03, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: I am loving this book.

Additionally, an institutionally-derived work would likely never purport to marry art and physics in the first place – the arts and sciences are so often viewed in opposition to each other and not as complementary visions of the same reality. 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.


Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light

I want to read parts of it again. His premise is that artists describe the universe via the scientific understanding ;hysics the universe of their time, and sometimes ahead of science, unconsciously tuning into the zeitgeist. The writing isn’t good, and the analysis is pretty one dimensional. Preview — Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain. The only criticism I have is that An wish that all artwork he mentions in the text could be included in the book. And utterly accessible in both sphere to the layman like me.

Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light – Leonard Shlain – Google Books

Paperbackpages. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. From teh classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, aritsts have anr the discoveries of scientists, such as when Money and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate. Contrary to popular belief, the strength at such tidal forces is inversely proportional to the size of the black hole.

I have been amazed of Shlain’s knowledge about art and physics, which are not his special I bought this book in when it was first published in Vietnam. What does this actually mean? 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.

I didn’t always agree with the conclusions he makes but my curiosity was stoked by trying out his phsyics and coming up leoard some other what ifs? Sure, it is easy to make fun of and needs to be explained, but modern art is a reflection of our zeitgeist.

He presents herein a number of periods in the history Very cool tidbits of info. At, probably because of his “outsider” status to both of the fields he is considering, manages to make remarkably thought provoking comparisons between the world of art and physics.


Shlain’s basic argument, his evaluation of various artworks as demonstrating specific scientific findings – it all hinges on metaphor. It’s a little like the movie “What the Bleep ,” but better because you can go back an re-read and discuss.

Sep 16, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: I also felt that Shlain’s layman’ Leonard Shlain is not a physicist or really an artist, he’s a doctor.


Want to Read saving…. While the author overall presentation of general relativity is not too bad even if a bit confusedthis particular statement should be rephrased to something like: The thesis of the book is that 1Cart introduces a new way to see the world, then the physicist formulates a new way to physifs about the world.

Pretty mystical stuff for a surgeon-turned-popular science writer. I loved this book! For example, the stable aart frame so important for classical mechanics is compared to the transition to a dominant mode in classical music.

This is a deeply flawed statement: We simply cannot perceive this unity because we are locked in our three dimensionality. I bought it without realizing it was the same author.

This powerful motivation for producing art has always been a means of imposing order on the disjointed pieces of a child’s emerging worldview. Shlain discusses all of these in the book! In the case of us as cells Account Options Sign in. His premise is that artists describe the universe via the scientific understanding of the universe of their time, and sometimes ahead of Brilliant thesis, clearly and engagingly told. Jul 17, Lynn Buschhoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: