Science outstrips other modes & revealsmore of the crux of the matterthan we can calmly handle.

—A. R. Ammons


Chapter 9The New Scientific Management

In the history of human thought, a new way of understanding often appears simultaneously in widely separated places and in different disciplines. These synchronicities, mysterious and inexplicable, pop up everywhere. For example, Darwin proposed his theory of evolution at the same time that another researcher, working in Malaysia, published very similar ideas. Physicist David Peat traces how the understanding of light evolved in parallel ways in both art and science over the centuries, a relationship that continues to this day. The sixteenth-century Dutch school of painters drew light for its effects ...

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