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The Art of Science

From Perspective Drawing to Quantum Randomness

Lupacchini, Rossella, Angelini, Annarita (Eds.)

2014, XIII, 210 p. 74 illus., 21 illus. in color.

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  • Extends Leonardo's vision of painting as a science to "scientific representation"
  • Restores a visual dimension to the mathematical sciences
  • Highlights the shared characteristics of the space opened to painting by linear perspective and that opened to science by complex numbers
Like linear perspective, complex numbers and probability are notable discoveries of the Renaissance. History has been quick to recognize the crucial impact of linear perspective on painting, but reluctant to acknowledge the importance of complex numbers and probability. Both were treated with a great deal of suspicion by the scientific establishment and overlooked for many years. It was only in the twentieth century, when quantum theory defined the notion of "complex probability amplitude", that complex numbers merged with probability and transformed the image of the physical world. From a theoretical point of view, however, the space opened to painting by linear perspective and the space opened to science by complex numbers are equally valuable and share significant characteristics. By exploring that common ground, The Art of Science will lead the reader to complement Leonardo’s vision of painting as a science and to see science as an art. Its aim is to restore a visual dimension to mathematical sciences – an element dulled, if not obscured, by historians, philosophers, and scientists themselves.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Art of Measuring - Art of Science - Complex Probability Amplitude - Geometry in Renaissance Art - Leonardo’s Vision of Painting - Probability and Chance - Science of Painting - Symmetries in Quantum Physics

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - History of Mathematical Sciences - Quantum Physics

Table of contents 

From Perspective Drawing to the Eighth Dimension.- Seeing Reality in Perspective: The Art of Opticsand the Science of Painting.- The Role of Perspective in the Transformation of European Culture.- Visual Differential Geometry and Beltramis Hyperbolic Plane.- All Done by Mirrors: Symmetries, Quaternions, Spinors, and Clifford Algebras.- Artists & Gamblers on the Way to Quantum Physics.- Radices Sophisticae, Racines Imaginaires: The Origins of Complex Numbers in the Late Renaissance.- Random, Complex, and Quantum.

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