Philosophical Society of Washington

The Science of Art

John Safer

2119th Meeting Abstract
Friday, September 22, 2000 at 8:15 p.m.


Scientific discoveries and inventions have brought about great changes in art. Artists are affected by elements of mathematics and physics, often without the artists' conscious knowledge. This presentation will apply the statistical approach of quantum mechanics to art, to show that what appears at close range to be a chaotic jumble, becomes a logical entity when seen as the works of many artists over a long period of time. It will conclude by illustrating some of these points by showing a few slides of the speaker's sculptures.

About the Author:

John Safer is a former Chairman of the Board of NationsBank, DC, and is also an internationally renowned sculptor whose works are in sites ranging from the Harvard campus to the American Embassy in Beijing. He is currently working on a seventy foot high representation of man's pathway into space, which will stand in front of the Smithsonian's new Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport.

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