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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I did that in preschool and got in trouble shalin it so why does Jackson Pollock get offered millions of dollars?

Chain of cognitive orgasms. The fact that the book has many pictures helps. Shlain’s basic argument, his evaluation of various artworks as demonstrating specific scientific findings – it all hinges on metaphor. When I started reading about physics, all I could ;hysics about was its relation to the arts.

Pretty mystical stuff for a surgeon-turned-popular science writer. Since I’m interested in art and never had physics, I was intrigued by the title.

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I guess the author is here referring to the tidal forces experienced when approaching a black hole. A really cool book. At that time I made a claim that I would know more about the world and I picked this book.

Shlain demonstrates how changes in music and literature synchronized with those occurring in art and physics. Leonard Shlain is not a physicist or really an artist, he’s a doctor. No trivia or quizzes yet. I have a new understanding and appreciation for modern art.


Praise for Leonard Shlain’s Books – Leonard Shlain | Best-selling Author

He is an engaging story teller, skilled in the use of metaphor, analogy and even arrt journeys that at times are poetic… Dr. Overall, a very compelling read, although some of the biology in the last couple of chapters is quite out of date. Leonard Shlain had an extraordinary mind. Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos theoretician, was a bonus.

Well, this is definitely a highly speculative hypothesis which has never been corroborated by even the flimsiest shred of evidence, and something against the current consensus – page A surgeon by trade, Shlain takes a fairly deep dive for a non-practitioner in either field into the basics of both the art world and that of western physics.

Leonaard are nonverbal prophets who translate their visions into symbols before there are words: His premise is that artists describe the universe via the scientific understanding of the universe of their time, and sometimes ahead of science, unconsciously tuning into the zeitgeist. But acquiring knowledge from his self-study turns out to be his advantage because it makes his opinion more accessing to lenoard larger audience. The chapter on music seemed perfunctory and a bit off the mark, but I don’t know if it’s because that’s my area of expertise, or because Shlain felt obligated to add a bit about music even though he didn’t really understand it.

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

I figured I’d read the first two chapters, get the main idea give up. It is a brilliant, accessible and visionary look the most revolutionary artists and scientists from the golden Age of Greece to the present. The split brain phenomenon and Greek mythology are used to explain our culture’s division of the two seemingly disparate fields of art and physics.


I didn’t feel like I focused on it enough.

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

Winter was really great at drawing people–she even drew a sweet rendition of Pocahontas instead of the boring gray-scale assignment we were supposed to be working on.

Classical Art Ideal Philosophy. The author uses primarily paintings as his artistic examples juxtaposed against revolutionary physicist discoveries. Another is that which is within any one person that allows them to not only see beyond the illusion that we all accept as the truth but also to say it out loud knowing that it may cost them their head.

From teh classical Greek sculptors to Andy Warhol 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 book reads like a textbook and I 19ve since discovered that it is used in many universities around the country.

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