Throughout the centuries the wind has been looked at as both a positive and negative phenomena. Winds have been associated with fecundity; spring and angels yet have also been viewed as the personification of destruction and the devil. How did visual artists depict this invisible force? Tonight on Inquiry we have an enlightening conversation with ALESSANDRO NOVA, Co-director of the Kunsthistoriches Institute in Florence, Italy. He has just written THE BOOK OF THE WIND: THE REPRESENTATION OF THE INVISIBLE, an interesting and beautiful art book on art and nature that discusses this very complex and fascinating subject. Tune in for wonderful discussion about art, culture and nature.
What can a Magritte painting tell us about scientific theories? Why is the Little Prince like the essentials of quantum physics? These unusual questions will be answered tonight by GIOVANNI VIGNALE, the Curator’s Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri. His new book, THE BEAUTIFUL INVISIBLE: CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS uses metaphors and analogies from literature and art to discuss some of the most abstract ideas of physics. Tune in and find out why theoretical physics is the modern form of theology.