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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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.
See and discover other items: If you want to read science, then I suggest reading science as this book might be disappointing. Shlain has not shied away from exploring the “why” of the connection between art and science, and I was fascinated by the suggestion that the zeitgeist could be explained by a universal consciousness acting in another dimension. I figured I’d read the first two chapters, get the main idea give up.
I want to read parts of it again. While the author overall presentation of general relativity is not too bad even if a bit confusedthis particular statement should be rephrased to something like: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
I think Shlain does a good job of that if you are open to it. What is amazing about these two disciplines is that they have throughout history developed obliviously to one another. Pages with related products. For example, the use of lots of color in art, and in language is a very recent phenomenon. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
Art historians and physicists may find bones to pick with Shlain’s interpretation of the historical record, but Shlain is, after all, a self-proclaimed amateur in the history of consciousness. I also felt that Shlain’s layman’s take on physics helped me to grapple more easily with some of science’s confusing discoveries and theories.
Jun 22, Amy rated it it was amazing. Showing of 82 reviews. It’s a little like the movie “What the Bleep ,” but better because you can go back an re-read and discuss. I do think there are a lot of connections between physics and art, but the way he talks about it makes it seem like artists are somehow intuiting the direction that physics will take and laying the groundwork for the scientific discoveries to come.
ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The book reads like a textbook and I 19ve since discovered that it is used in many universities around the country.
Needless to say this is not a light book and does take considerable time to read and digest.
Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain
One time I went to illustration class and met a girl named Winter. We started talking about art and she claimed, “I hate abstract art.
A surgeon by trade, Shlain takes a lhysics deep dive for a non-practitioner in either field into the basics of both the art world and that of western physics. Personally, I think that there is no question that the latter is the more fitting answer.
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I picked up this book after reading the obituary of the author in the Times. He shlaib that in the cases of some modern works, he could not explain to her why they qualified as “art” at all! Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.
Escorting the reader through the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, Shlain shows how the artists’ images when superimposed on the physicists’ concepts create a compelling fit.
Please provide an email shlaiin. 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 phywics, and a historian writing about the history of either, would not have made. Plodding alongI think about stopping for a quick summer mystery hit, but this books has kept my interest!
But consider that both strive to reveal truths sh,ain which there are no words——with physicists using the language of mathematics and artists using visual images. In reality, such principle simply holds that “particles” have complementary properties which cannot be observed or measured at the same time for example, it is impossible to measure both the full “wave-like” and “particle-like” properties at a single moment – also, non-commuting observable can’t be simultaneously measured with arbitrary precision, but this is a different story.
Oct 14, Wrt Nguyen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I need to spend some more time reading about Leonardo Da Vinci.
What does this say about us? Even though we saw him throughout phyzics conference—in a workshop on magic, on the sidewalk lined with impossible trees—I never had the literary journal to give to him.
With or without being aware of it, artists have been depicting concepts in physics long before they were made public.
ART AND PHYSICS by Leonard Shlain | Kirkus Reviews
The book’s subject is simply too broad for its thesis to be rigorously supported. 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.
Here the author is referring to general relativity. I find this especially interesting because it seems so unexplainable.
Revolutionary artists are endowed with blindsight. The overall thesis of this book is, phsyics in a few words, that art manages, in some mysterious way, to pre-cognitively anticipate science. This book is also filled with great quotes and points of view from great writers, artists, scientists and other visionaries throughout history.