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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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L eonard Shlain proposes that the visionary artist is the first member of a culture to see the world in a new way.

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Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos theoretician, was a bonus. He shows example after example throughout history: It does take a couple of chapters to get going. Yes, you can always say that you can assume that you lhysics traveling at speed asymptotically close to “c”, but the whole example in any case seems preposterous and very forced.

The overall thesis of this book is, condensed in a few words, that art manages, in some mysterious way, to pre-cognitively anticipate science. Jul 07, Kristin rated it really liked it.

In reality, the book is no less than an attempt to philosophically unify the realms of human understanding and creativity in the context of the universe. If you’re interested in science focusing on space, time and quantum physicsliterature, philosophy, art shpain how they relate to puysics other, this is YOUR BOOK! Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Please try again later. Not even lying–her sister’s name is Summer and her brother’s name is Ian.


Clearly, the author is no historian. If two events are causally connected if one lies within the light cone of the other the causal order is preserved in all frames of reference. There was a problem adding your email address.

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! Apr 18, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Art and Physics: Shlain discusses all shpain these in the book!

But this is also a book that is deeply flawed, riddled with scientific and historical inaccuracies, defined by a questionable methodological approach, and directed at proving an outlandish and utterly unconvincing thesis. At that time I made a claim that I would know more about the world and I picked this book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Again and again, he tries to bring the reader to a direct, intense experience of the artistic creations and scientific discoveries, so that the reader not only understands the achievements but also feels their impact as fully as did the discoverers.

It’s nearly impossible for people to understand Physics without Math, and it’s nearly impossible for someone to say in words what a good artist can express in Art. Very cool tidbits of info.

Leonard Shlain had an extraordinary mind. Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the h Although I am not sure, after reading this book, that I subscribe to the fundamental premise that the author suggests in this work, I highly recommend a read. Likewise, many artists, in all media, are fascinated with the latest discoveries in science and developments in technology, seeing them as inspiration, and using them as instruments of artistic exploration, investigation, and expression.


William Morrow and Company, Ohysics- Art – pages. 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.

Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain

Has the author ever heard of Stalingrad? Shlain is vague, and at times makes some assertions that are a little far-fetched, but I think the point of this book is to make you think of things in a different way, not necessarily to teach you to think certain things.

I bought this book in when it was first published in Vietnam. When I started reading about physics, all I could think about was its relation to the arts. Jul wrt, kyle added it Shelves: Cubism fractured the mass of objects into pieces. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

What attracted me to the book was a desire to better understand art. Sure, it is physicx to make fun of and needs to be explained, but modern art is a reflection of our zeitgeist.