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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For example, the stable inertial frame so important for classical mechanics is compared to the transition to a dominant mode in classical music.

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Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the h Although I am not sure, shlajn reading this book, that I subscribe to the fundamental premise that the author suggests in this work, I highly recommend a read.

For example, the use of lots of color in art, and in la I am loving this book. Sep 26, Larry rated it it was amazing. Showing of 82 reviews.


I am not a scholar in these subjects, but I am an avid reader, thinker, and idea tinkerer. 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. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured ans visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughtout history.

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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.

The roots of metaphor grow out of language, which in turn is likely the root out of which grows our very cognition. On the contrary, for small black holes the tidal forces would kill even well before the astronaut reaches the event horizon.

Not everyone was impressed with Shlain. And this reader, for one, loves what Shlain does. A fascinating and provocative discussion–slow in coalescing but worth the wait. I abandoned it untilI decided to read it again.

Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light.

For example, did Picasso and Braque’s Cubism really chime with Einstein’s thought experiments about what happened to objects as you approached the speed of light? This fact leads the author to get into phusics discussion of a universal mind of all mankind. 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.


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It does take a couple of chapters to get going. Modern art is sometimes ugly, mass produced, formless, and politically charged propaganda. In the realm of art and aesthetics, artists articulate intuitive insights, usually without realizing the power of their own intuition, which the sciences later, independently and empirically, discover, explore, and develop.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A really cool book. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. One of the author’s reasons for undertaking this project was to come to appreciate modern art.