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By Martin Meisel

ISBN-10: 023116632X

ISBN-13: 9780231166324

The tales we inform in our try to make feel of the realm, our myths and faith, literature and philosophy, technology and paintings, are the comforting autos we use to transmit rules of order. yet underneath the search for order lies the uneasy dread of basic affliction. precise chaos is difficult to visualize or even tougher to symbolize, specifically with out a few recourse to the typical coherency of order. during this publication, Martin Meisel considers the lengthy attempt to conjure, depict, and rationalize severe sickness, with the entire passions, excitements, and compromises the act has provoked. In seven chapters—“Shaping Chaos,” “Nothing and Something,” “Number,” “Carnival,” “War,” “Energy,” and “Entropy”—Meisel builds a coarse historical past from significant social, mental, and cosmological turning issues within the imagining of chaos. He makes use of examples from literature, philosophy, portray, photograph artwork, technology, linguistics, track, and movie, really exploring the extraordinary shift within the eighteenth and 19th centuries from conceiving of chaos as disruptive to celebrating its releasing and energizing capability. Discussions of Sophocles, Plato, Lucretius, Calderon, Milton, Haydn, Blake, Faraday, Chekhov, Faulkner, Wells, and Beckett, between others, are matched with incisive readings of paintings by means of Brueghel, Rubens, Goya, Turner, Dix, Dada and the futurists. Meisel addresses the revolution in mapping strength and entropy and the manifold effect of thermodynamics. identified for his pathbreaking stories of literature, drama, and the visible arts, Meisel makes use of this chaotic body to complex on greater matters of objective, mortality, which means, and mind.

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