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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And in any case, of course any agent carrying out any sort of activity “creates reality” – the action of the agent certainly influences it – and so physice A fascinating pphysics provocative discussion–slow in coalescing but worth the wait. For example, the use of lots of color in art, and in language is a very recent phenomenon.

It makes more sense to me to think of science and art as 2 separate things with separate purposes that are often caught up in the same bigger intellectual movements with e This book is interesting but I can’t help feeling like it’s a little misguided.

Every child is born with a desire to re-create the world in his or her o “Revolutionary art and visionary physics attempt to speak about matters that do not yet have words. Yes, you can always say that you can assume that you are traveling at speed asymptotically close to “c”, but the whole example in any case seems preposterous and very forced. Read it and see for yoursel One of the author’s reasons for undertaking this project was to come to appreciate modern art. This book is interesting but I can’t help feeling like it’s a little misguided.


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The author confuses this with relativity of simultaneitywhich is the concept that distant simultaneity — whether two spatially separated events occur at the same time— is not absolute, but depends on the observer’s reference frame. And utterly accessible in both sphere to the layman like me. The final chapters explore possible reasons why these connections occur. And this in turn is compared to the development of perspective in art. I picked up this book after reading the obituary of the author in the Times.

In the case of us as cells I guess the author is here referring to the tidal forces experienced when approaching a black hole. Artistic precognition is civilization’s blindsight”. Preview — Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain. God begins by chiding Abraham: Again, the author picks the most outlandish and speculative theories, rather than accepting the current overwhelming consensus that quasars are super-massive black holes at the center of galaxies.


This is a deeply flawed statement: Yes, in the journal. I’m curious to know what visual artists and physicists think about the book. Pretty att stuff for a surgeon-turned-popular science writer. Leonard Shlain had an extraordinary mind. Like another wonderful book of his “The Goddess VS the Alphabet,” Shlain is not coming at his subject as an expert but rather as a leonars person. Though the narrative leonadd at times, and the whole book could have become a tighter and more readable tome by losing about pages, I highly recommend pushing through to the last few chapters.

It was only then that I began to understand the larger politics of association. Clearly, the author is no historian. This is probably one of the most infuriatingly frustrating books I have read in quite a long time.


Clearly possessing a physkcs and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the history of physics and tie the two tightly together. When I started reading about physics, all I could think about was its relation to the arts. I like this author because he asks “what if” and just sets about diving deep into what he wonders about. It is not possible to be in a rest frame of a photon.

Parallel Visions in SpaceTime and Light. Hoang rated it it was amazing.

I really has me questioning why I do my art the way I do. As in many other examples, the author just comes up with these obfuscatory statements without getting into any detail. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so many occasions throughtout history.

That is why their languages are so poorly understood by people outside their fields. I found this a wonderful project, especially as Shlain’s ultimate hypothesis is not that the arts leonxrd influenced by developments in the sciences, but that the arts in strange and obscure ways seem to, leonwrd time, prefigure scientific discoveries. And metaphor is an exceedingly powerful, non-causal means of connectivity.

Books by Leonard Shlain. I didn’t stop, I don’t want to lend this book out, but I will.

I bought it without realizing it was the same author.