Structural Intuitions : Seeing Shapes in Art and Science
Kemp argues that in both fields, work begins at the intuitive level, curiosity aroused by our recognition of patterns or order. Kemp's ""structural intuitions,"" then, are the ways we engage fundamental perceptual and cognitive mechanisms to bring order to our observed world. Through stimulating juxtaposition, Kemp considers connections between naturally occurring patterns, cognitive processes, and artistic and scientific expression, drawing on an array of examples from the Renaissance through the present.
Taking a broadly historical approach, Kemp examines forms and processes such as the geometry of Platonic solids, the dynamics of growth, and the patterns of fluids in motion while placing the work of contemporary artists, engineers, and scientists in dialogue with that of visionaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and D'Arcy Thompson.
Richly illustrated, lucidly written, and wonderfully thought-provoking, Structural Intuitions is essential reading for anyone seeking insight into common ground in the arts and sciences.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 178 x 216 x 17.78mm | 771.11g
- 08 Mar 2016
- University of Virginia Press
- Charlottesville, United States
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--Sian Ede, author of Art & Science In this highly stimulating book, Martin Kemp offers an extremely fertile proposal for how science and art draw on cognitive processes that are closely allied. His novel thesis, drawing on a deep knowledge of both art history and scientific research, does a great deal to illuminate the interactions and interrelations of the two disciplines, and provides a timely challenge to our habitual determination to keep them apart.
--Philip Ball, author of Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts
About MR Martin Kemp