Accompanying a major BBC Radio 4 series, The Art of Innovation examines the synthesis between art and science, and how breakthroughs in each discipline have fed into our understanding of both. Wide ranging and comprehensive, this is gripping intellectual history at its most lively and entertaining.
Based on the landmark BBC Radio 4 series, and Science Museum exhibition, this modern history of the connections between science and art reveals a new perspective on what that relationship has contributed to the world around us.
Throughout history, artists and scientists have been driven by curiosity and the desire to experiment. Both have wanted to make sense of the world around them, often to change it, sometimes working closely together, certainly taking inspiration from each other's disciplines.
The relationship between the two has traditionally been perceived as one of love and hate, fascination and revulsion, symbiotic but antagonistic. But art is crucial to helping us understand our science legacy and science is well served by applying an artistic lens.
How exactly has the ingenuity of science and technology been incorporated into artistic expression? And how has creative practice, in turn, stimulated innovation and technological change?
The Art of Innovation is a history of the past 250 years viewed through the disciplines of art and science. Through fascinating stories that explore the sometimes unexpected relationships between famous artworks and significant scientific and technological objects - from Constable's cloudscapes and the chemist who first measured changes in air pressure, to the introduction of photography and the representation of natural history in print - it offers a new way of seeing, studying and interpreting the extraordinary world around us.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 906 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 30 mm
'It becomes increasingly obvious that all innovation can be included under the canopy of Imagination. Although science and the arts have often seemed to be distinct and even opposed to each other, we now understand they come from the same source. Together they speak to an inter-connective-ness in life which in this age of profoundly rich new knowledge is being shown - as we see in this book - to be a unifying characteristic of the way we are. It is a timely and compelling history of the springs of thought.' - Melvyn Bragg
'A wonderful insight into the way art and science can be interwoven.' - Cornelia Parker
'A gorgeous and illuminating survey of the nexus between art and science.' - James Gleick
You may also be interested in...
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.