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  • 1. ParadoxAre there deep connections between science and art in the early 20th century?
  • 2. What is Paradox?• A statement or proposition that seems self- contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth• Example: “This sentence is false.”
  • 3. Paradox in Science• Quantum Theory, as we have studied, lies in direct contradiction with Einstein’s worldview of causality and the western worldview of monotheism as a model for understanding.• For the first time since the Enlightenment, we see the principles of logic and materialism refuted by quantum probability.
  • 4. Paradox in Science cont.• The concept of “no privileged perspective” and “space-time” instead of “space” and “time”.• Movement affecting time.• Limits on speed that contradict common sense• Particle/Wave dichotomy
  • 5. Paradox in Culture (Art + Cubism)• Paralleling these developments in theoretical physics, we see a revolution in Art.• Picasso, taking after Cezanne, begins to examine form, geometry, and the “fourth dimension of painting”• Dada, Surrealism, Abstraction gaining traction and prevalence.
  • 6. Paradox
  • 7. Perspective
  • 8. Fourth Dimension(Marcel Duchamps “Nude Descending a Staircase” 1911)
  • 9. Question:Is there a common deep seeded idea thatallowed these parallel developments?