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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Clearly possessing a well-educated and inquisitive mind he unapologetically seeks to describe art history and the h Although I am aand sure, after reading this book, that I subscribe to the fundamental premise that the author suggests in this work, I highly recommend a read. It is a book that does contain some very interesting and original insights, and it is well written in a beautiful, engaging and fluent prose; the author is also quite brilliant as an art critic, and proficient and knowledgeable as an art historian.

What does this say about us? An example of this is the cubist movement in which artist represented space with all sides of an object viewed from the same perspective. Artistic precognition is civilization’s blindsight”. Leonard Shlain, a surgeon from California, began this project after visiting an art museum with his young daughter.


Really, the scope of the book is pretty incredible, and those last few chapters belie Shlain’s statement in the introduction that his goal is to help himself and others understand modern art and advances in physics. Parallel Visions in SpaceTime and Light.

If anything the book is an advocate for synchronicity. Overall, a very compelling read, although some of the biology in the last couple of chapters is quite out of date.

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? His thesis is a wonderful one — a unification of art and physics under a broader universal mind, the unseen catalyst for what we retrospectively see as a cultural zeitgeist — and his writing is clear and rich with illustrative metaphors. Shlain, a California surgeon, has bravely ventured into two disparate areas beyond the reach of his certified expertise in the medical sciences.

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

I didn’t feel like I focused on it enough. What attracted me to the book was a desire to better understand art.

I suppose I understand this stance, although I have a lot of musings about institutionalized disciplines and power structures of learning that I do not really want to get into right here. San Francisco Chronicle Shlain fuses ideas and facts from a slhain array of physicx to create a coherent, convincing and captivating narrative. This is probably one of the most infuriatingly frustrating books I have read in quite a long time. Jun 22, Shlani rated it it was amazing.

He lives in Mill Valley, California. A book that looks at my two favorite things. The split brain phenomenon and Greek mythology are used to explain our culture’s division of the two seemingly disparate fields of art and physics. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Conflict Between Word and Image. Later Einstein describes that dimensions will flatten out when viewed at speed of light. I really has me questioning why I do my art the way I do. I point out this last detail because I think non-professional works of high intellectual ambition are pretty rare. 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 each other, so that they end up overlapping and dialoguing from time to time.

Thanks to it, one finds himself blended with the entire universe, with so-called future events, as with so-called past events”. Trivia About Art and Physics: Because both speak of what is certainly to come, however, it is incumbent upon us to learn to understand them.

That the Greeks invented vowels and Museums were schools dedicated to the muses!

Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain

Feb 14, Thao Phan rated it it was amazing. Time and again they have glimpsed a reality not visible to the rest of us. And utterly accessible in both sphere leonad the layman like me. Moreover, he has the infuriating tendency to select the most speculative theories or interpretations, rather than the current scientific consensus, and this is aggravated by the fact that the author does not disclose his peculiar approach. Same concepts are also applied to literature and philosophy.


A surgeon by trade, Shlain takes a fairly deep dive for a non-practitioner in either field into the basics zrt both the art world and that phyiscs western physics. The roots of metaphor grow out of language, which in turn is likely the root out of which grows our very cognition. For example, the stable inertial frame so important for classical mechanics is compared to the transition to a dominant mode in classical music.

ART AND PHYSICS by Leonard Shlain | Kirkus Reviews

In my opinion this statement, in its generality, is virtually meaningless. The full title of this book is Art and Physics: Christianity adopted dualism when it created the strict division between good and evil and heaven and hell. Oct 29, Sam Pranger rated it it was amazing. It could have been so much better. He is the author of “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: Jul 06, Mandy Straight shlaln it it was amazing. Sure, it is easy to make fun of and needs to be explained, but pbysics art is a reflection of our zeitgeist.

Also, it was a little repetitive, leonagd 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! There are also such big logical ans, and such an overall highly selective interpretation of available facts, that at times this book reads almost like a book of Nostradamus prophesies, or a treatise on Biblical Numerology.

Additionally, many of the scientific findings of the 20th century that pertain to light, physics and the nature of reality are only comprehensible to our three-dimensional minds via metaphor.