Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc

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INTERMEZZO

The painter's studio should be a laboratory. There one does not make art in the manner of a monkey, one invents. Painting is a play of the mind.

—Pablo Picasso

Before turning to how Einstein discovered relativity theory in 1905, let us pause for a moment to recapitulate.

Almost immediately upon Picasso's arrival in Paris during May 1904, there was a sense that someone to be reckoned with had come on the scene. The highly charged Parisian artistic-literary arena found itself ignited by an astonishing artistic talent with breathtaking charisma. Picasso's piercing dark eyes radiated an absolute self-confidence that he would succeed on the grandest possible scale. Immediately and dramatically, he altered the personal lives and careers of his literary mentors, Apollinaire, Jacob and Salmon, rising stars in their own right who epitomized Parisian café society. The center of gravity of this core group shifted from the Left Bank to Montmartre and finally to Picasso's atelier in the Bateau Lavoir, on whose door hung the sign Rendezvous des Poètes.

La bande à Picasso was Picasso's think tank. Through articles in literary journals and in café conversations with such electric personalities as Jarry, they kept him informed of avant-garde intellectual fashions. These included whatever was new in literature, philosophy, or areas of science that touched on their attraction for the occult. The group significantly included

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Two Worlds as One 1
  • 2 - A Good-Looking Bootblack 9
  • 3 - The Kind of Male Beauty That Caused Such Havoc 41
  • 4 - How Picasso Discovered Les Demoiselles D'Avignon 85
  • 5 - Braque and Picasso Explore Space 127
  • Intermezzo 173
  • 6 - The Annus Mirabilis: How Einstein Discovered Relativity 179
  • 7 - I Really Would Not Have Thought Einstein Capable of That! 215
  • 8 - Creativity in Art and Science 237
  • Notes 269
  • Bibliography 323
  • Photo Credits 341
  • Index 345
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