An art-loving scientist and a science-loving typographer’s collaborative work. Inspiration is born from the communication across different fields of knowledge!
- Book Intro
<NEWTON’S ATELIER>, as the name suggests, is a symbolic space designed for the two experts who are distinguished in their respective fields. Physicist Kim Sanguk frequents art museums and galleries in his spare time and Typographer Yu Jiwon has an avid interest in science, attending even physics conferences. Throughout the book, the two authors try to communicate and link different fields. Specifically, they share their own views and ideas on 26 keywords such as naturalness, complexity, sense, value, phase transition and humor. They find the similarity between art and science. The physicist links surrealism and quantum mechanics, both being born in Europe in 1920s. The typographer reads artistic patterns in living things and links it with the second law of thermodynamics. However, the authors’ interests are not limited to art and science. As art and science are influenced by their surroundings, the authors also turn their attention to society and history and try to read social contexts from various subjects brought into the book. Sometimes, they even delve into existential questions. This book will inspire the readers and provide the new ways of viewing things.
- About the Author
Kim Sangwook is a professor of physics at Kyunghee University. He is a kind-hearted physicist who loves art and enjoys visiting art museums. He received his doctoral degree in physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Society in Germany and was also a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and the University of Innsbruck. He mainly studies quantum information science and has published over seventy research papers in SCI journals. He actively communicates scientific ideas to the public, appearing on the TV shows The Dictionary of Useless Knowledge Season 3 and Friday Joy Package, which both aired on tvN. He has written a series of contributions for the daily newspapers, Dong-a Ilbo and Kyunghyang Shinmun, and he also served as the head of the Science Culture Committee at the Asia-Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics.
His books include 『Kim Sangwook’s Quantum Studies』, 『Trembling and Resonance』, and『 Kim Sangwook’s Science Studies』.
Ji-won Yu is a graphic designer and typographer. She studied visual design at Seoul National University and then typography at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) in Germany as a DADD scholarship student. She was a curator at Typojanchi 2013, an International Typography Biennale, and was an adjunct professor at Hongik University. She has written a book entitled The Landscape of Letters (2019).
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