Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order

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University of California Press, 1974 - Art - 64 pages
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This essay is an attempt to reconcile the disturbing contradiction between the striving for order in nature and in man and the principle of entropy implicit in the second law of thermodynamics; between the tendency toward greater organization and the general trend of the material universe toward death and disorder.
 

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Contents

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2
What the physicist has in mind
12
Probability and structure
20
Tension reduction and wear and tear
26
The structural theme
32
Homeostasis is not enough
47
Call for structure
55
Bibliography
57
Index
63
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Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. For many years he was a member of the Psychology Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and he spent his last ten academic years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he now lives.

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