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 am better able to grasp the concepts of relativity and quantum mechanics through art while also learning the concepts artist are expressing.

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

His writing on Einstein is fantastic and I learned that I have a lot to learn about the development of modern art great but I assume widely written about discussions on Manet and Cezanne especially interested me. Although I am not sure, after reading this book, that I subscribe to the fundamental premise that the author suggests in this work, I highly recommend a read.

While the detail has eluded me, the impression this book made upon is with me still. I want to read parts of it again. Julian Jaynes has argued that consciousness itself is a metaphorical space we have created linguistically. The author does make some interesting points about the existence of intellectual paradigms and their importance as enablers of progress, but the overall approach and themes are unfortunately driven by the unsuccessful pursuit of the author’s outlandish main hypothesis.


He realized that in the cases of some modern works, he could not explain phyzics her why they qualified as “art” at all! Jul 17, Lynn Buschhoff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving….

ART AND PHYSICS by Leonard Shlain | Kirkus Reviews

Needless to say this is not a light book shlaib does take considerable time to read and digest. Words do not exist which are capable of defining exactly the strange, new sensations that are experienced when one raises himself forever above the vulgar world.

When I started reading about physics, all I could think about was its relation to the arts. This book is beautifully written, engaging and thought provoking.

This book is interesting but I can’t help feeling like it’s a little misguided. This is a deeply flawed statement: And the author does not limit this thesis to modern times: Art and Physics explores how different styles of art from ancient times to the modern era have treated space, time, and light; then compares the artistic vision to the work of scientists trying to grasp those same concepts.

Very cool tidbits of info. Imaginative, charming, fun and educational, it is one of my favorite books this year, Try it! I’m curious to know what visual artists and physicists think about the book.

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

Mar 19, Carla Remy rated it really liked it Shelves: Additionally, an institutionally-derived work would likely never purport to marry art and physics in the first place – the arts and sciences are abd often viewed in opposition to each other and not as complementary visions of the same reality.


I have been amazed of Shlain’s knowledge about art and physics, which are not his specializations.

Shlain’s basic argument, his evaluation of various artworks as demonstrating specific scientific findings – it all hinges on metaphor. If you have to explain it, you did it wrong. Sep 16, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: Clearly, the author is no historian.

We started talking about art and she claimed, “I hate abstract art. Even though we saw him throughout the conference—in a workshop on magic, on the sidewalk lined with impossible trees—I never had the literary journal to give to him. His thesis is a wonderful one — a unification of art and physics under a broader wnd mind, the unseen catalyst for what we retrospectively see as a cultural zeitgeist — and his writing is clear and rich with illustrative metaphors.

Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light. For a super massive black hole, such as those found at a galaxy’s center, this point lies well within the event horizon, so an astronaut may cross the event horizon without noticing any tidal effect.

It is a brilliant, accessible and visionary look the most revolutionary phhsics and scientists from the golden Age of Greece to the present. I was naturally attracted to the title as I love reading about both art and physics.