The Interplay of Art and Science

From Scientific American:

Art Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design by Martin Kemp

Seen/Unseen: Art, Science, and Intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble Telescope
by Martin Kemp

Published almost simultaneously, these very different books present a double view of Martin Kemp’s original and often brilliant approach to the connection between science and art. Leonardo focuses on a single genius; Seen/Unseen pulls back the lens to investigate the nature of creativity thematically, using profiles of extraordinary artists/scientists over a span of 500 years. Kemp is intrigued by visual works that combine the skills of artist and scientist, often, but not always, in the same person; he calls himself a “historian of the visual.”

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