Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

byRoald Hoffmann, Iain Boyd Whyte

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Throughout its long history, and not just as the key aesthetic category for the Romantic Movement, the sublime has created the necessary link between aesthetic and moral judgment, offering the prospect of transcending the limits of measurement, even imagination. The best of science makesgenuine claims to the sublime. For in science, as in art, every day brings the entirely new, the extreme, and the unrepresentable. How does one depict negative mass, for example, or the folding of a protein that is contagious? Can one capture emergent phenomena as they emerge? Science is continuallyfaced with describing that which is beyond. This book, through contributions from nine prominent scholars, tackles that challenge. The explorations within Beyond the Finite range from the images taken by the Hubble Telescope to David Bohm's quantum romanticism, from Kant and Burke to a "downward spiraling infinity" of the 21st centurysublime, all lucid yet transcendent. Squarely positioned at the interface between science and art, this volume's chapters capture a remarkable variety of perspectives, with neuroscience, chemistry, astronomy, physics, film, painting and music discussed in relation to the sublime experience, topicssurely to peak the interest of academics and students studying the sublime in various disciplines.

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Throughout its long history, and not just as the key aesthetic category for the Romantic Movement, the sublime has created the necessary link between aesthetic and moral judgment, offering the prospect of transcending the limits of measurement, even imagination. The best of science makesgenuine claims to the sublime. For in science, as...

Roald Hoffmann is the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Humane Letters at Cornell University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1981 for his work concerning the course of chemical reactions. Iain Boyd White is Professor of Architectural History at The University of Edinburgh and Director of the Visual Arts Research ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019973769X

ISBN - 13:9780199737697

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Sublime2. Affective Foundations of Creativity, Language, Music and Mental Life: In Search of the Biology of the Soul3. The Non-Conscious Sublime: A Small Reflection4. Pretty Sublime5. Against the Sublime6. Neuroscience and the Sublime in Art and Science7. Quantum Romanticism: The Aesthetics of the Sublime in David Bohm's Philosophy of Physics8. Disobedient Machines: Animation and Autonomy9. On the Sublime in Science