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Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science and the Spiritual

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By: Lynn Gamwell

344 pages, Col illus, b/w illus

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #139195 | ISBN: 0691089728
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About this book

This beautifully illustrated volume is a surprising synthesis of two seemingly disparate cultures ... scientific knowledge and abstract art. Publishers Weekly With 364 illustrations and an unusual linkage of art and science, [Gamwell's] book stimulates both the eye and the mind. Scientific American Rich in detail, and sumptuously illustrated and produced; it displays a lifetime of knowledge. -- Philip J. Davis SIAM News Exceptionally well written, eminently readable, and lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white plates. Choice The phrase 'lavishly illustrated' is bandied around too freely, but here it is more than justified. -- Tom Cobbe The Art Newspaper


Contents

Foreword: Science in the Artist's Muse by Neil DeGrasse Tyson 6 Introduction 9 1: ART IN THE PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN ROMANTICISM 13 2. ADOPTING: A SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW 33 3. THE FRENCH ART OF OBSERVATION: A COOL REJECTION OF DARWIN 57 4. GERMAN AND RUSSIAN ART OF ABSOLUTE: A WARM EMBRACE OF DARWIN 93 5. LOVING AND LOOTHING SCIENCE AT THE FIN DE SIECLE 111 6. LOOKING INWARD: ART AND THE HUMAN MIND 129 7. WORLDLESS MUSIC AND ABSTRACT ART 149 8. THE CULMINATION OF NEWTON'S CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE 163 9. EINSTEIN'S SPACE-TIME UNIVERSE 195 10. ABSTRACT ART WITH A COSMIC PERSPECTIVE 207 11. SURREALIST SCIENCE 243 12. THE ATOMIC SUBLINE 259 13. THE DISUNITY OF NATURE: POSTMODERN ART, SCIENCE, AND THE SPIRITUAL 281 Notes 308 Chronology 324 Acknowledgments 328 Suggestions for Further Reading 330 Index 333 Picture Credits 343

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Biography

Lynn Gamwell is Director of the Art Museum at Binghamton University; Curator of the Gallery of Art and Science at the New York Academy of Sciences; and Adjunct Professor of Science at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She is the coauthor of "Dreams 1900-2000: Art, Science, and the Unconscious Mind" and "Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness Before 1914". Neil deGrasse Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. His books include "The Sky Is Not the Limit" and "One Universe".

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