Arts: A Science Matter

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World Scientific, 2011 - Science - 396 pages
This book treats arts as part of science, from the unified perspective of Science Matters. It contains 17 chapters, with 18 contributors who are prominent humanists, professional artists, or scientists. It consists of three parts: Part I: Philosophy and History of Arts; Part II: Arts in Action; Part III: Understanding Arts. The book is aimed at both research scholars and lay people, and is unique in two important aspects.

It is probably the first and only book that academic professionals and practicing artists contribute to the same book, as equals, on the common theme of creating and understanding arts. (Artists here include Cristina Leiria whose huge Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) sculpture is an important landmark in Macau, and the famous movie director, Hark Tsui, who is publishing his first ever article on movie-making). Perhaps more importantly, a new understanding of the origin and nature of art is offered for the first time, which is more convincing than all the other hypotheses put forth in the last two thousand years.

 

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Contents

A Science Matter Lui Lam
1
PART I PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF ARTS
33
PART II ARTS IN ACTION
149
PART III UNDERSTANDING ARTS
265
Acknowledgments
371
Contributors
373
Index
381
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