Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order

Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order


By (author) Rudolf Arnheim

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 10mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520266005
  • ISBN 13: 9780520266001
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 7 b/w photographs, 3 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 750,799

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This essay is an attempt to reconcile the disturbing contradiction between the striving for order in nature and in man and the principle of entropy implicit in the second law of thermodynamics - between the tendency toward greater organization and the general trend of the material universe toward death and disorder.

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Author information

Rudolf Arnheim (1904-2007) was Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Sarah Lawrence College. He was author of many books, including Art and Visual Perception, Film as Art, Power of the Center, and Visual Thinking.

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"The psychology of art is never as easy as a-b-c, but this book avoids the general obtuseness of such treatises. It is, however, very demanding of its readers. It will give your mind a good honing."¿Art Direction