Synopses & Reviews
Art interprets the visible world, physics charts its unseen workings--making the two realms seem completely opposed. But in Art & Physics,
Leonard Shlain tracks their breakthroughs side by side throughout history to reveal an astonishing correlation of visions.
From the 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. 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.
Provacative and original, Art & Physics is a seamless integration of the romance of art and the drama of science...and exhilarating history of ideas.
"Provocative...passionate...[Shlain] is an engaging storyteller, skilled in the use of metaphor, analogy, and even imaginary journeys that at times are poetic." (--The New York Times Book Review)
"In eighteen years as an art critic I have not encountered more provocative insightful writing about art." (--Seattle Times)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 455-462) and index.
About the Author
Leonard Shlain is a surgeon who practices in San Francisco. He lives in Mill Valley, California. He can be reached at [email protected]