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Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science

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Throughout its long history, and not just as the key aesthetic category for the Romantic Movement, the sublime has created the necessary link between aesthetic and moral judgment, offering the prospect of transcending the limits of measurement, even imagination. The best of science makes genuine claims to the sublime. For in science, as in art, every day brings the entirel ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published February 9th 2011)
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This is an interesting book - a set of covering the intersection between art and science, and what is 'sublime'. Sublime, being a concept that is not too easily defined, and analyzed through philosophy, neuroscience, art, and all that. It's not exactly something that can be easily summarized.
A book of essays on the sublime in art and science - some insightful, some not - but Ian Greig's essay on Quantum Romanticism will set your mind on fire! This essay is worth the price of the entire book.
Oct 28, 2014 E rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Decent collection of essays covering different perspectives on the sublime in science and art. From historical overviews, to the 'prettiness' of Hubble's images needed to grab the general public, to arguments why the notion of the sublime should be retired, to David Bohm's quantum romanticism, and parallels between the sublime and the uncanny in automatons. Not all of them are read-worthy, but some of them i might go back to in the future.
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Roald Hoffmann (born Roald Safran; July 18, 1937) is an American theoretical chemist who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus, at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.

Hoffmann graduated in 1955 from New York City's Stuyvesant High School, where he won a Westinghouse science scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree
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