The Resource The artful universe, John D. Barrow

The artful universe, John D. Barrow

Label
The artful universe
Title
The artful universe
Statement of responsibility
John D. Barrow
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the Art Universe, Barrow explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and the basic nature of the Universe, challenging the commonly held view that our sense of beauty is entirely free and unfettered. Barrow argues that the laws of the Universe, its environments and its astronomical appearance, have imprinted themselves upon our thoughts and actions in subtle and unexpected ways. Why do we like certain types of art or music? What games and puzzles do we find challenging? Why do so many myths and legends have common elements? Who created the cornucopia of constellations in the night sky? And why? In this eclectic and entertaining survey, Barrow answers these questions and more as he explains how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color. Barrow casts the story of human creativity and thought in a fascinating light, considering such diverse topics as our instinct for language, the origins and uses of color in Nature, why we divide time into intervals as we do, the sources of our appreciation of landscape painting, and whether computer-generated fractal art is really art. Barrow reconsiders the question of whether intelligent extraterrestrial life exists, showing that the benefits (and even the likelihood) that might follow from the discovery of life on other worlds could be very different from what we might have been led to expect. Remarkably, we find that some of the properties of the Universe that are essential for the existence of any form of life play a key role in determining psychological and religious responses to the Cosmos
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
111/.85
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
BH301.N3
LC item number
B37 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tales of the unexpected -- The impact of evolution -- Size, life, and landscape -- The heavens and the Earth -- The natural history of noise -- All's well that ends well
Control code
ocm32469180
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Extent
x, 274 pages, [12] pages of plates
Isbn
9780198539964
Lccn
95010805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), music
System control number
(OCoLC)32469180

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