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Art and Science [Hardcover]

Elaine Strosberg

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24 Nov 2000
The dialogue between art and science has powerfully shaped both endeavors since antiquity. Artists have been pioneering figures in disciplines from engineering to medicine, while scientists have decisively influenced our visual culture with their discoveries. In an authoritative and accessible text with over 200 diagrams and illustrations, Art and Science explores the fascinating history of this interaction for the first time. Throughout history, science and art have reflected similar values and used parallel tools and methods. Artists and scientists today are intrigued by the advancements in each other's fields. Artists are fascinated by atomic structure, the Big Bang, and DNA, while scientists try to explain theories with images that will embody "the beauty of their logic." Art and Science focuses on the most illuminating intersections of art and science: how science has shaped architecture, from Stonehenge to contemporary buildings that reflect research on DNA; how mathematical principles have impacted decorative design; how perceptual discoveries have influenced the development of painting; and how discoveries in the physical disciplines have transformed the performing arts, from music to movies. In a wide-ranging discussion across these and many other disciplines, this clearly written, well-illustrated volume provides an accessible introduction to an enduring dialogue.

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Eliane Strosberg is the co-founder of Rencontres Art et Science, an association in Paris that organizes exhibitions and conferences. She advises several organizations, including UNESCO.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deepen and broaden your tastes 9 July 2003
By F. Hayes-Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was delicious: it provided great illustrations and spun a web of many connections between art and science as they developed over centuries. The author admits that she couldn't possibly "tell the complete story," but she does a fine job bringing forward many interesting and stimulating points. Art began primarily as a set of practical techniques, what we might call "technology" today. Science largely grew out of practical arts, as well, through efforts to create practical goods such as pottery, buildings, and communication devices. So the two fields wind around each other through time, with no clear boundary until perhaps modern times. In fact, the recent separating of art from science, primarily as a result of economic rewards accruing to practical knowledge, creates a relatively new rift. It's likely that technology will continue to flow from both sources, as in virtual reality and desktop manufacturing, so it's unlikely that art and science will grow totally apart.
Whereas the earlier reviewer, who had great knowledge of the arts, found little of pedagogical value, I have very limited background in the arts and found the treatment informative and enjoyable. I've recommended the book to several friends. If you are looking for a story that ties together a great deal of human history and learning, this is a great read and a delight on the eyes.
5.0 out of 5 stars a marriage of interests 1 Aug 2011
By katarina - Published on Amazon.com
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last christmas this made the perfect gift for my science-driven granddaughter and her artist husband. i appreciate this
fine discovery on amazon.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deepen and broaden your tastes 9 July 2003
By F. Hayes-Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was delicious: it provided great illustrations and spun a web of many connections between art and science as they developed over centuries. The author admits that she couldn't possibly "tell the complete story," but she does a fine job bringing forward many interesting and stimulating points. Art began primarily as a set of practical techniques, what we might call "technology" today. Science largely grew out of practical arts, as well, through efforts to create practical goods such as pottery, buildings, and communication devices. So the two fields wind around each other through time, with no clear boundary until perhaps modern times. In fact, the recent separating of art from science, primarily as a result of economic rewards accruing to practical knowledge, creates a relatively new rift. It's likely that technology will continue to flow from both sources, as in virtual reality and desktop manufacturing, so it's unlikely that art and science will grow totally apart.
Whereas the earlier reviewer, who had great knowledge of the arts, found little of pedagogical value, I have very limited background in the arts and found the treatment informative and enjoyable. I've recommended the book to several friends. If you are looking for a story that ties together a great deal of human history and learning, this is a great read and a delight on the eyes.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a little too basic 8 Jan 2002
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Strossberg has selected a fascinating topic for her book, however, she fails to provide sufficient information to make her points cohesive and meaningful. I was hoping to use this book as a resource for teachers to integrate art into their science and mathematics lessons, however, I think they would just find it frustrating. Strossberg throws out a lot of quick connections between art and science, but never tells the reader enough to fully understand the concepts. Have fun with the pictures, but don't expect to learn very much.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deepen and broaden your tastes 9 July 2003
By F. Hayes-Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was delicious: it provided great illustrations and spun a web of many connections between art and science as they developed over centuries. The author admits that she couldn't possibly "tell the complete story," but she does a fine job bringing forward many interesting and stimulating points. Art began primarily as practical techniques, what we might call engineering today. Science largely grew out of practical arts, through efforts to create practical goods such as pottery, buildings, and communication devices. So the two fields wind around each other through time, with no clear boundary until perhaps modern times. In fact, the recent separating of art from science, primarily as a result of economic rewards accruing to practical knowledge, creates a relatively new rift. It's likely that technology will continue to flow from both sources, as in virtual reality and desktop manufacturing, so it's unlikely that art and science will grow totally apart.
Whereas the earlier reviewer, who had great knowledge of the arts, found little of pedagogical value, I have very limited background in the arts and found the treatment informative and enjoyable. I've recommended the book to several friends. If you are looking for a story that ties together a great deal of human history and learning, this is a great read and a delight on the eyes.
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