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Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain
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Jul 12, 2010

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The author admits to being essentially a dilletante; despite this, the book serves as a fine introduction to certain ideas in physics and to the history and interpretation of art, especially twentieth-century art. As a scholar who has studied both the philosophy of physics and art aesthetics and history, it is my opinion that Shlain tends to overreach himself occasionally in order to make his argument. This often involves his "reading backwards," i.e., reading a piece of art after the fact as if it were indeed addressing future physics issues. I've addressed this common scholarly problem in another place. It doesn't NECESSARILY make Shlain's conclusions invalid, merely occasionally suspect.

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