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Author Marcolli, Matilde, author.

Title Lumen naturae : visions of the abstract in art and mathematics / Matilde Marcolli.

Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  709.04 MARC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Still life as a model of spacetime -- The notion of space in mathematics -- Entropy and art -- Structures of randomness -- Plentiful nothingness -- Geometry and physics of numbers -- Matter and forces -- The shape of the cosmos -- The train and the cosmos -- Mathematical illuminations.
Summary "This book is about how certain ideas related to the concept of space in mathematics and physics have been expressed, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in contemporary and abstract art. It discusses the notion of space, and related abstract notions such as randomness, entropy, the geometry of numbers, the shape of the cosmos, and how such notions were envisioned and elaborated in both scientific developments and across the history of modern and contemporary art, especially abstract art. The author, a mathematical physicist, presents a series of mathematical and scientific concepts and themes and describe their counterparts in the work of (mostly) contemporary artists. Readers with a more advanced scientific background will find precise mathematical terminology, while the material is organized so that people can also read through the text by ignoring the more technical aspects and still follow easily the plain language explanation of ideas and concepts. Scientifically minded readers will recognize familiar concepts, such as entropy, randomness, and topology, as playing an important role in the language of abstract art. Artists, art historians, and art enthusiasts who are curious about the ideas underlying modern developments in mathematics and theoretical physics will see the connections to the work of contemporary artists"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Art and science.
Art, Modern -- Themes, motives.
Space and time in art.
Cosmology in art.
Variant Title Visions of space in art and mathematics
ISBN 9780262043908 hardcover
0262043904 hardcover
9780262358316 electronic book
9780262358323 electronic book

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