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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of modern physics on the humanities
by Brekke, Stewart E., M.A., Wayne State University, 1971, 55; 1521456
Abstract (Summary)

One of the central ideas of modern physics is the probabilistic interpretation of nature in which causuality is not present. Quantum Mechanics is the present day outgrowth of this new interpretation of nature. Set forms based upon the deterministic success of Newtonian mechanics were present in Classical music, representational art and in literature. Indeterminate forms in art, literature and music emerged from such physics ideas in the 20 th century as the Uncertainty Principle and Quantum Mechanics in which causuality is not present. Aleatoric music, in which there is no predetermined performance is one example of this. Another art form affected by indeterminacy is painting in which is non-representational such as that of Franz Klein. Drama in which there is some non-predetermined acting and dialogue is also an example of this effect modern physics has on the arts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Edwards, Homer
School: Wayne State University
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Music, Science history
Publication Number: 1521456
ISBN: 978-1-267-77732-4
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