Art and Physics

Art and Physics : Parallel Visions In Space, Time, And Light

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Art interprets the visible world. Physics charts its unseen workings. The two realms seem completely opposed. But consider that both strive to reveal truths for which there are no words--with physicists using the language of mathematics and artists using visual images. In Art & Physics, Leonard Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions. From the classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, artists have foreshadowed the discoveries of scientists, such as when Monet and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughout history. Provicative and original, Art & Physics is a seamless integration of the romance of art and the drama of science--and an exhilarating history of ideas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 34mm | 534g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061227978
  • 9780061227974
  • 103,881

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"Bold and persuasive...solidly researched and gracefully presented...Never before has such material been explored deeply and lucidly enough for non-specialists."--"San Francisco Chronicle""Provacative...passionate...[Shlain] is an engaging storyteller, skilled in the use of metaphor, analogy, and even imaginary journeys that at times are poetic."--"The New York Times Book Review""In eighteen years as an art critic I have not encountered more provacative insightful writing about art."--"Seattle Times""Leonard Shlain's "Art & Physics "is exquisite food for thought."--Fritjof Capra, author of "The Tao of Physics""A tour de force...A brilliant, accessible, and visionary look at the most revolutionary artists and scientists from the Golden Age of Greece to the present."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
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