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Arthur I Miller

Insights of genius

Creativity in science and art isn't something that can be readily produced. In Insights of genius : Imagery and Creativity in science and art Arthur I Miller discusses various aspects of creativity and its link to visual images. One thing he looks at is the distinction between visualization and visualizability - for instance Feynman diagrams are a useful tool in quantum theory, but do they actually show what is happening at the micro-level? Miller also examines the outburst of creativity at the start of the 20th Century, considering the work of Poincaré, Einstein and Picasso amoung others, and looking at interactions between them.

There's a lot of material in this book - philosophy of science, artistic creativity and even a bit of neuroscience of vision. I felt that Miller didn't really provide a thread to tie all of this material together - the book seemed to be a bit rambling at times, and it would have been better to concentrate on one subject and so create a shorter book. On the other hand, the book would be useful for stimulating discussion - I could envisage the members of a reading group reading a chapter each week and meeting to discuss it.

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Paperback 482 pages  
ISBN: 0262631997
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Published: 2000 MIT Press
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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.