Most "art and science" books focus on the science of perspective
or the psychology of perception. Hidden Harmony does not. Instead,
the book addresses the surprising common ground between physics and
art from a novel and personal perspective. Viewing the two
disciplines as creative processes, J.R.Leibowitz supplements
existing and original research with illustrations to demonstrate
that physics an d art share guiding aesthetics and compositional
demands and to show how eachspeaks meaningfully to the other.
Hidden Harmony is the first serious look at what art and
physics, as creative processes, have in common. Without assuming a
background either in art or physics, the author widens our
experience and understanding of both domains by exploring how
concepts such as balance and re-balance, coherence and unity, and
symmetry and broken symmetry affect and are affected by artistic
vision and scientific principle. He reveals shared themes and
understandings in each field and adroitly illustrates the parallels
between the strategies guiding the dabs of color and layers of
images in a work of art and those guiding the assembly of physical
evidence into models of the physical world.
Featuring examples of paintings and sculptures and complementary
examples of physical concepts, this contemplative work helps us see
art and physics as artists and physicists do.
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