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Author Parkinson, Gavin.

Title Surrealism, art, and modern science : relativity, quantum mechanics, epistemology / Gavin Parkinson
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2008]


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Description viii, 294 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents Modern physics and its philosophy: the reception in France -- Relativity and epistemology: Andre Breton and Gaston Bachelard -- Epistemology of physics and politics: Gaston Bachelard and surrealism -- Astrophysics and mysticism: Georges Bataille and Arthur Eddington -- Quantum mechanics and particle physics: Matta, Wolfgang Paalen, Max Ernst -- Relativity and the fourth dimension: Salvador Dali and Roger Caillois -- Coda: nuclear physics and the cold war: surrealism and Salvador Dali
Summary "During the same period that Surrealism originated and flourished in Europe between the two world wars, extraordinary advances were being made in the field of physics. Gavin Parkinson's landmark book offers the first full history, analysis and interpretation of Surrealism's engagement with the Theory of Relativity and quantum mechanics, and its reception of the philosophical consequences of those two major turning points in our understanding of the physical world." "Ranging across the fields of art, literature, physics, politics and philosophy, this pioneering and exhilarating book will transform our understanding of Surrealism and will be of immense value to anyone interested in debates that aim to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences, modernism and postmodernism and art, philosophy and physics."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-281) and index
Subject Surrealism -- France.
Arts, Modern -- France -- 20th century.
Physics and the arts -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Physics -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century.
LC no. 2007025368
ISBN 9780300098877 (alk. paper)