Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2003

"Sumptuously illustrated--the illustrations being an active part of the argument--Lynn Gamwell's Exploring the Invisible is a major contribution." --George Steiner, Times Literary Supplement

"This beautifully illustrated volume is a surprising synthesis of two seemingly disparate cultures: a revealing look at more than a century of science and the art it has influenced. Gamwell . . . brings her rare and expansive view of creativity to bear on the impulses common to both pursuits. . . . Ultimately, Gamwell argues for the direct relationship between scientific knowledge and abstract art, and after such an eloquent and visually exciting journey, the link is perfectly clear." --Publishers Weekly

" Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual is an extremely handsome and well-produced volume. . . . When all is said and done, Gamwell succeeds in making her case that the science, the culture, and the art move and change together." --Ezra Shahn, Science

"Gamwell deals deftly with both the art and the science. With 364 illustrations and an unusual linkage of art and science, her book stimulates both the eye and the mind." --Scientific American

"Text and images flow nicely from epoch to epoch, as Gamwell illustrates the zeitgeists that created some of the world's great ideas." --Library Journal

"Rich in detail, and sumptuously illustrated and produced; it displays a lifetime of knowledge." --Philip J. Davis, SIAM News

"Gamwell, a very well-informed author, offers an innovative and stimulating work. . . . Exceptionally well written, eminently readable, and lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white plates that significantly illuminate the points made in the text." --Choice

"The phrase 'lavishly illustrated' is bandied around too freely, but here it is more than justified. Ms. Gamwell and her picture editor have come up with a combination of classic works of art along with ones a bit more off the beaten track that makes up for a very appealing mixture. . . . A book that would be an ideal present for anyone whose interests traverse the arts and sciences." --Tom Cobbe, The Art Newspaper

" Exploring the Invisible is not just a coherent history of two centuries of scientific discoveries of the invisible world (although maybe visible through microscope or telescope). It is also a history of ideas expressed either through philosophy or articulated by artists. . . . [After reading it] the scope of one's imagination has taken a sudden leap, able to embrace the plethora of structures in the natural and cosmic worlds because a coherent picture has been painted, theories of science made understandable and integrated into an artistic search for the reality of a beautiful and ordered universe." --Patricia Railing, The Art Book

"This sumptuously illustrated book can rightly claim to be the definitive introduction to the territory between science and art, in particular visual art. The author . . . may well be [the] world's most qualified guide to that territory. . . . Skeptics should not be spooked by the word spiritual. Gamwell uses it to mean a mystic's engagement with the unknown or ineffable." --Austin Dacey, Skeptical Inquirer

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This beautifully illustrated volume is a surprising synthesis of two seemingly disparate cultures ... scientific knowledge and abstract art. Publishers Weekly With 364 illustrations and an unusual linkage of art and science, [Gamwell's] book stimulates both the eye and the mind. Scientific American Rich in detail, and sumptuously illustrated and produced; it displays a lifetime of knowledge. -- Philip J. Davis SIAM News Exceptionally well written, eminently readable, and lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white plates. Choice The phrase 'lavishly illustrated' is bandied around too freely, but here it is more than justified. -- Tom Cobbe The Art Newspaper

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