The Black-Winged Night: Creativity in Nature and Mind

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"David Peat is exceptionally well qualified to write about creativity, because he combines being a physicist with a wide knowledge of the arts. The book is packed with illuminating insights."-Anthony Storr, author of The Dynamics of Creation, Churchhill's Black Dog, and Music of the MindWhat does the creation of matter in the universe have to do with humanity's creative spirit? What is the connection between, art, literature, and music, and mathematical formulae and scientific theories? Taking an overarching scientific view of the universe and ...

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Overview

"David Peat is exceptionally well qualified to write about creativity, because he combines being a physicist with a wide knowledge of the arts. The book is packed with illuminating insights."-Anthony Storr, author of The Dynamics of Creation, Churchhill's Black Dog, and Music of the MindWhat does the creation of matter in the universe have to do with humanity's creative spirit? What is the connection between, art, literature, and music, and mathematical formulae and scientific theories? Taking an overarching scientific view of the universe and our place in it, scientist-philosopher F. David Peat explores the profound similarities and connections between the Universe's "creativity," which reveals itself in the laws of nature, and the creativity of human consciousness.Brilliant and wide-ranging in its scientific and humanistic sweep, The Blackwinged Night explores the very essence of the creative spirit and the way it animates the physical world, giving us the power to experience beauty-whether gazing into the night sky, listening to Bach's B-minor Mass, or creating ourselves something extraordinary and new.

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Anthony Storr
David Peat is exceptionally well qualified to write about creativity, because he combines being a physicist with a wide knowledge of the arts. The book is packed with illuminating insights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738204918
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Physicist F. David Peat was an associate of the late physicist-philosopher David Bohm and is the author of many popular science books, including Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of David Bohm and Superstrings: The Search for the Theory of Everything.

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Table of Contents

1: Introduction ..... 1
2: The Living Universe ..... 33
3: The Big Bang ..... 59
4: Silence and the Void ..... 89
5: Language ..... 115
6: All About Time ..... 145
7: Creativity and the Body ..... 175
8: Conclusions ..... 205
Index ..... 229
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