During the same period that Surrealism originated and flourished
between the wars, great advances were being made in the field of
physics. This book offers the first full history, analysis and
interpretation of Surrealism's engagement with the theory of
relativity and quantum mechanics, and its reception of the
philosophical consequences of those two major turning points in our
understanding of the physical world.
After surveying the revolution in physics in the early twentieth
century and the discoveries of Planck, Bohr, Einstein, Schrodinger,
and others, Gavin Parkinson explores the diverse uses of physics by
individuals in and around the Surrealist group in Paris. In so
doing, he offers exciting new readings of the art and writings of
such key figures of the Surrealist milieu as Andre Breton, Georges
Bataille, Salvador Dali, Roger Caillois, Max Ernst, and Tristan
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