Friday, March 20, 2009

Einstein & Picasso: The Beauty that Causes Havoc...

Here is a link to Einstein and Picasso lecture. This lecture is part of Einstein Fest at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada.

by Arthur I. Miller, professor, history, University College London  October 17, 2005
Picasso's Les desmoiselle d'avignon

The most important scientist of the twentieth century, and its most important artist, went through their periods of greatest creativity almost simultaneously and under remarkably similar circumstances: Einstein's special theory of relativity and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. It turns out they were both working on the same problem: the nature of space and time and, more particularly, simultaneity. When they produced these astonishing works, Einstein and Picasso were not the distinguished elderly figures that later became so familiar: they were in their twenties, unknown, feisty, dirt-poor, and prone to getting into trouble.

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