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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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Moreover, special relativity does NOT mean arbitrary subjectivity, as each frame of reference can agt mathematically translated into another frame with the appropriate Lorentz transformation.

Get to Know Us. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s a little like the movie “What the Bleep ,” but better because you can go back an re-read and discuss. As Hayden White has observed, causality is a construction imposed on events through our human phsics to narrativize – causality and narrative do not inhere in events themselves, and only seem to do so when we are bounded by the third dimension and cannot perceive time as a unity.

From teh classical Greek sculptors to Andy Clearly, the author is no historian. Write a customer review. What does this say about us?

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

I need to spend some more time reading about Leonardo Da Vinci. Quotes from Art and Physics: I bought it witho I have lent this book out many times and I never seem to get it back. Artistic precognition is civilization’s blindsight”. I didn’t stop, I don’t want to lend this book out, but I will.

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Feb 22, Rachel rated it it was amazing. That question pulls Shlain into metaphysical territory.

What a load of New Age bullshit, I find myself forced to say here. Inhe was a contributor to Academic Press’ Encyclopedia of Creativity.

And this in turn is compared to the znd of perspective in art. Shlain’s basic argument, his evaluation of various artworks as demonstrating specific scientific findings – it all hinges on metaphor. Pretty mystical stuff for a surgeon-turned-popular science writer.

Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius. This may sound far out, but I would suggest you give this book a fighting chance. Also, it was a little repetitive, so I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shorter, and maybe had some color plates especially in the parts that were about color! Escorting the reader through the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, Shlain phhysics how the artists’ images when superimposed on the physicists’ concepts create a compelling fit.


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

In physicd fourth-dimensional spacetime I am next to you. The short of the long is that Shlain probably made a few mistakes here and there that an artist writing about art, a physicist writing about physics, and a historian writing about the history of either, would not have made.

In order to support his self-proclaimed revolutionary thesis, the author indulges into an exercise of very selective and disingenuous sampling, peppering the book with confusing if not misleading statements when describing physical theories such as relativity and quantum mechanics.

Read it and see for yourself.

Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Artists are nonverbal prophets who translate their visions into symbols before there are words: Accidentally discovered this book from the bookshelf of my professor.

I bought it without realizing it was the same author. Jul 17, kyle added it Shelves: