Saturday, December 24, 2011

art and emotion

Excerpt from the book "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman" by Richard P Feynman

I wanted to very much learn to draw, for a reason that I kept of the world. It's difficult to describe because it's an emotion. It's analogous to the feeling one has in religion that has to do with a god that controls everything in the whole universe: there's a generality aspect that you feel when you think about how things that appear so different and behave so differently are all run "behind the scenes" by the same organization, the same physical laws. It's an appreciation of the mathematical beauty of nature, of how she works inside; a realization that the phenomena we see result from the complexity of the inner workings between atoms; a feeling of how dramatic and wonderful it is. It's a feeling of awe - of scientific awe - which I felt could be communicated through a drawing to someone who had also had this emotion. It could remind him, for a moment, of this feeling about the glories of the universe. 


Hmmm. I do not know whether he could actually draw what he wanted to. But he has conveyed the message of course. 


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