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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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Copyright Los Angeles Times. Account Options Sign in. Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos theoretician, was a bonus. His last few chapters I especially enjoyed. How we see the world in a new way is right up there shlakn the meaning of life for me as far as things to muse.
Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain
When a Marin County surgeon discourses on art and physics, especially after cheerfully admitting that he taught himself nearly all he knows about both subjects, the reader can be forgiven for some initial skepticism. Return to Book Page.
That blindsight exists has been well documented; perhaps it is not too much to believe that some seers, like the mythical blind Greek prophet, Tiresias, can see that which is not visible. Since I’m interested in art and never had physics, I was intrigued by the title. Apr 28, Shalin rated it it was amazing. Art interprets the visible world, physics charts its unseen workings–making the two realms seem completely opposed.
If you want to read science, then I suggest reading science as this book might be disappointing. Not even lying–her sister’s name is Summer and her brother’s name is Ian.
In present fourth-dimensional spacetime I am next to you. From teh classical Greek sculptors to Andy Shlai and Jasper Johns, and from Aristotle to Einstein, aritsts have foreshadowed the discoveries of scientists, such as when Money and Cezanne intuited the coming upheaval in physics that Einstein would initiate.
The two realms seem completely opposed. I bought it witho I have lent this book out many ar and I never seem to get it back. Never before has such material been explored deeply and lucidly enough for non-specialists.
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Well, this phenomenon can’t be used to zhlain any information at speed faster than light. Before news moved at lightning speed, it was interesting how people from different parts of the world were seeing the same things at around the same times.
The Heart of Mathematics: Oct 29, Sam Pranger rated it it was amazing. For that aspect, I give physifs book three stars. What attracted me to the book was a desire to better understand art. The point is more to show people that these things are very real forces and factors to the whole picture.
There are too many “educated” yet unenlightened trousered apes who insist on seeing math and science as disciplines in opposition to the arts and humanities.
L eonard Shlain proposes that the visionary artist is the shalin member of a culture to see the world in a new way. Words do not exist which are capable of defining exactly the strange, new sensations that are experienced when one raises himself forever above the vulgar world.
I am better able to grasp the concepts of relativity and quantum mechanics through art while also learning the concepts artist are expressing.
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At that time I made a claim that I would know more about the world and I picked this book. I am not a scholar in these subjects, but I am an avid reader, thinker, and idea tinkerer.
Art, Science, and Spirituality. I highly recommend this book to the curious mind. Shlain’s central thesis is that the arts are prescient.