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Insights of Genius : Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art - Arthur I. Miller

Insights of Genius

Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art

Paperback Published: 10th March 2000
ISBN: 9780262631990
Number Of Pages: 504
For Ages: 18+ years old

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How can new knowledge be created from already existing knowledge? "Insights of Genius" shows how seeing is central to the greatest advances of the human intellect. Artists and scientists alike rely on visual representations of worlds both visible and invisible. "Insights of Genius, " first published by Copernicus in 1996, explores the creative leaps that led some of the greatest scientists and artists to dramatically transform how we understand nature. The scope of figures runs from Galileo and da Vinci to Einstein and Picasso. Focusing on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the age of modern art and modern physics, the book travels through the philosophy of mind and language, cognitive science, neurophysiology, and art history. "Insights of Genius" discusses intuition, aesthetics, realism, representation, metaphors, and visual imagery. Allied to these concepts are causality, relativity, energy conservation, entropy, the correspondence principle, scientific creativity, and Cubism. Running through the book is the idea that science extends our intuition from common sense to an understanding of a world beyond our perception.

" Insights of Genius is one of very few books to make a serious attempt to place scientific imagery into a wider context alongside creative activities in the visual and linguistic arts. It provides a lucid and fluently written beginning to a huge subject." John D. Barrow , Times Higher Education Supplement"... the best discussion of creativity I have come across." Rudolf Arnheim , Journal of Aesthetic Education " Insights of Genius is one of very few books to make a serious attempt to place scientific imagery into a wider context alongside creative activities in the visual and linguistic arts. It provides a lucid and fluently written beginning to a huge subject." John D. Barrow , Times Higher Education Supplement "... the best discussion of creativity I have come across." Rudolf Arnheim , Journal of Aesthetic Education

Preface
Acknowledgments
Common Sense and Scientific Intuitionp. 1
The Intuition of Atomsp. 37
Scientific Methodsp. 71
Faith in an Ordered Universep. 105
Speaking Realistically About Sciencep. 129
The Reasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in Physicsp. 177
Scientific Progress and Metaphorsp. 217
Visual Imagery in Scientific Thoughtp. 263
Scientific Creativityp. 325
Art, Science, and the History of Ideasp. 379
Conclusion: The New Sciencesp. 441
Bibliographyp. 447
Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9780262631990
ISBN-10: 0262631997
Series: Insights of Genius
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 10th March 2000
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.81