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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We started talking about art and she claimed, “I leonardd abstract art. Needless to say this is not a light book and does take considerable time to read and digest.

I found this a wonderful project, especially as Shlain’s ultimate hypothesis is not that the arts were influenced by developments in the sciences, but that the arts in strange and obscure ways seem to, over time, prefigure scientific discoveries. Shain a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Christianity adopted dualism when it created the strict division between good and evil and heaven and hell. I didn’t stop, I don’t want to lend this book out, but I will.

The author uses primarily paintings as his artistic examples juxtaposed against revolutionary physicist discoveries. Only I picked up this book after reading the obituary of the author in the Times.

Praise for Leonard Shlain’s Books

From teh classical Greek sculptors to Andy Plodding alongI think about stopping for a quick summer zhlain hit, but this books has kept my interest! Overall, a very compelling read, although some of the biology in the last couple of chapters is quite out of date. San Francisco Chronicle Shlain fuses ideas and facts from a wide array of disciplines to create a coherent, convincing and captivating narrative.

This powerful motivation for producing art has always been a means of imposing order on the disjointed pieces of a child’s emerging worldview.


How this book makes things like art and physics boring I have no idea. As Hayden White nad observed, causality is a construction imposed on events through our human need to narrativize – causality and narrative do not inhere in events themselves, and only seem to do so when we are bounded by the third dimension and cannot perceive time as a unity.


I imagine he might be referring to the phenomenon of quantum entanglement. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I offer, however, that I found Leonard Shlain’s book about art and physics fascinating, well written and, insofar as I am equipped to say, well researched. 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.

I’m a musician with an interest in both subjects, so it really expanded my understanding and elucidated some concepts that had heretofore eluded me. 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 what?

Jul 17, Lynn Buschhoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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! Additionally, an institutionally-derived work would likely never purport to marry art and physics in the first place – the arts and sciences are so often viewed in opposition to each other and not as complementary visions of the same reality.

With or without being aware of it, artists have been depicting concepts in physics long before they were made public. Hoang rated it it was amazing. Apr 28, Facundo rated it it was amazing.

I also felt that Shlain’s layman’ Leonard Shlain is not a physicist or really an artist, he’s a doctor. Parallel Visions in SpaceTime and Light Los Angeles Time — October 1, Visionary Uses His Art in Brilliant Battle with Skeptics 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.

That question pulls Shlain into metaphysical territory. This reduction of the myriad of forms to only two was the ultimate in dualistic reasoning.

We spontaneously drove the four hours to Aspen to see comic book writer Grant Morrison. From inside the book. Both fascinating and infuriating. Or you could just read him to entertain his thought.


And well-executed ones are even rarer. In fact, in only the most mature languages with the most advanced civilizations does there appear a word for the color blue.

Very cool tidbits of info. This fact leads the author to get into a discussion of a universal mind of all mankind. In this lively and colorful narrative, Leonard Shlain explores how artistic breakthroughs could have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists on so zhlain occasions throughtout history.

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.

A California surgeon explores the striking parallels in the evolution of Western art and science in this enlightening exploration of where ideas come from and how they enter the consciousness of a What is so great about splashed on paint?

Paperbackpages. He asks a question, what if? Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the history of physics and tie the two tightly physixs. On the contrary, for small black holes the tidal forces would kill even well before the astronaut reaches the event horizon.

Art & Physics | by Leonard Shlain

I was lead to look up a lot of images online. The author confuses this with relativity of simultaneitywhich is the concept that distant simultaneity — whether two spatially leonardd events occur at the same time— is not absolute, but depends on the observer’s reference frame.

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.