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Paper: Astronomical and Cosmological Symbolism in Art Dedicated to Newton and Einstein
Volume: 468, Engaging the Heavens: Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena V
Page: 67
Authors: Sinclair, R.
Abstract: Separated by two and a half centuries, Isaac Newton (1642–1727) and Albert Einstein (1879–1955) had profound impacts on our understanding of the universe. Newton established our understanding of universal gravitation, which was recast almost beyond recognition by Einstein. Both discovered basic patterns behind astronomical phenomena and became the best-known scientists of their respective periods. I will describe here how artists of the 18th and 20th centuries represented the achievements of Newton and Einstein. Representations of Newton express reverence, almost an apotheosis, portraying him as the creator of the universe. Einstein, in a different age, is represented often as a comic figure, and only rarely do we find art that hints at the profound view of the universe he developed.
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