A brilliant investigation of why nature is beautiful and how art has influenced science, sure to stimulate readers of The Art Instinct.
David Rothenberg is Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of books including Thousand Mile Song and Why Birds Sing. His articles have appeared in Parabola, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, and Sierra.
Rothenberg's passionate optimism - a belief in the beauty of
nature, and vice versa - together with his elegant prose turns
Survival of the Beautiful into an exhilarating and thought
provoking trip * Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph *
A compelling, lucidly written investigation into how beauty can evolve, when nobody is, as he puts it, in charge. * Prospect *
Rothenberg writes passionately and engagingly ... this is the triumphant lesson of Survival of the Beautiful: nature is not entirely red in tooth and claw, it also allows the beautiful rite of passage * Peter Forbes, Guardian *
A cornucopia of cognitive delights, exploring everything that's a treat for the eyes, from the colours of dinosaurs to whether it's a good idea to teach elephants to paint * Irish Times *