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Art and Science

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Today, art and science are often defined in opposition to each other: one involves the creation of individual aesthetic objects, and the other the discovery of general laws of nature. Throughout human history, however, the boundaries have been less clearly drawn: knowledge and artifacts have often issued from the same source, the head and hands of the artisan. And artists ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Abbeville Press (first published April 2001)
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Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
From Netgalley for a review:

Blending art and science? Yes please! Two of my great passions bundled into one book!

Well, this book DID do that, there is beautiful art and philosophical discussions on how one needs the other, and how great classical artists relied heavily on science and such.

It was also an extremely pretentious book that was outright unpleasant to read in its level of self importance. I could see someone really loving this book, but for me, it just was not something I enjoyed.
Wayne McCoy
'Art and Science' by Eliane Strosberg is an overview of the influence that art and science have had on each other. It's filled with lots of examples, but when it's all said and done, it's a pretty basic overview.

With chapter titles like 'Science in Architecture' and 'The art and science dialogue,' each chapter runs a path from the past to the present. From complex Persian calligraphy to the modern microchip, form and function follow. Artists and scientists dabble in each other's worlds, and, of
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the typical book where images are more important than whatever is written inside. Anyway the illustration were clearly explained and in the end the book was really interesting, but the pictures, oh the pictures.....

Questo é il classico libro dove le figure sono molto piú importanti di qualsiasi cosa ci sia scritta dentro. Comunque le illustrazioni erano chiaramente spiegate e alla fine il libro é stato veramente interessante, ma le figure erano proprio bellissime....

Ed Smiley
Sort of a two and a quarter star book, actually.

It is an easy to read collection of loosely associated facts, some of which were quite interesting, but with no real organizing principle.

Example: Galileo loved to draw and paint, and appears to have done some work as an artist, but this was totally eclipsed by his fame as a mathematician and physicist. He liked to be able to visualize things; we have his paintings of the surface of the moon as seen through a telescope.

Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great non fiction book about art and science.

While there are good and helpful discussions about art style, physics and so on written in this book, it does blend in with other similar art books. It's a nice overview through history and also art but nothing very deep and super special since we only get the "major" artist and scientists and there are some hidden gems that I missed.

This copy was received by netgalley for review.
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Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art and science - two confining territories, two points of views to discover and represent the world around us: their similarities and differences, their evolution and interactions through time, the figure of the artist and the scientist in various ages are treated in this richly illustrated volume. The time period is really huge: from the beginning of human history to our days. It's surely very ambitious to include everything and the material is difficult to organize so the author in the chapte ...more
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