Chaos Imagined: Literature, Art, Science

Chaos Imagined: Literature, Art, Science

Martin Meisel


The tales we inform in our try and make experience of the world―our myths and faith, literature and philosophy, technological know-how and art―are the comforting automobiles we use to transmit principles of order. yet underneath the search for order lies the uneasy dread of primary sickness. precise chaos is tough to visualize or even more durable to symbolize. during this publication, Martin Meisel considers the lengthy attempt to conjure, depict, and rationalize severe affliction, with all of the ardour, pleasure, and compromises the act provokes.

Meisel builds a coarse heritage from significant social, mental, and cosmological turning issues within the imagining of chaos. He makes use of examples from literature, philosophy, portray, photo paintings, technology, linguistics, song, and picture, quite exploring the striking shift within the eighteenth and 19th centuries from conceiving of chaos as disruptive to celebrating its releasing and energizing power. Discussions of Sophocles, Plato, Lucretius, Calderon, Milton, Haydn, Blake, Faraday, Chekhov, Faulkner, Wells, and Beckett, between others, are matched with incisive readings of artwork through Brueghel, Rubens, Goya, Turner, Dix, Dada, and the futurists. Meisel addresses the revolution in mapping strength and entropy and the manifold influence of thermodynamics. He then makes use of this chaotic body to intricate on function, mortality, that means, and mind.

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