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Entropy theory is indeed a first attempt to deal with global form;
by Rudolf Arnheim

Entropy theory is indeed a first attempt to deal with global form;
but it has not been dealing with structure.
All it says is that a large sum of elements may have
properties not found in a smaller sample of them.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Modem science, then, maintains on the one hand that nature,
both organic and inorganic, strives towards a state
of order and that man's actions are governed by the same tendency.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical.
It has simplicity and constant change.
It cannot be described by a compass,
and it changes direction at every one of its points.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Now equilibrium is the very opposite of disorder.
- Rudolf Arnheim

 

Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom,
since art is more than an entertainment of the senses.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The absurd consequences of neglecting structure but
using the concept of order just the same are evident
if one examines the present terminology of information theory.
- Rudolf Arnheim

A system is in equilibrium when the forces constituting
it are arranged in such a way as to compensate each other,
like the two weights pulling at the arms of a pair of scales.
- Rudolf Arnheim

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All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition,
all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Order is a necessary condition for anything the human mind is to understand.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause
of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps,
on the contrary, as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs.
- Rudolf Arnheim

At one of the annual conventions of the American Society
for Aesthetics much confusion arose when the Society
for Anesthetics met at the same time in the same hotel.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Good art theory must smell of the studio,
although its language should differ from the household
talk of painters and sculptors.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The least touchable object in the world is the eye.
- Rudolf Arnheim

As one gets older, it happens that in the morning one
fails to remember the airplane trip to be taken in
a few hours or the lecture scheduled for the afternoon.
- Rudolf Arnheim

In many instances, order is apprehended first of all by the senses.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The foreign accent was a promise, and indeed,
all over the country, European imports added spice to the sciences,
the arts, and other areas.
What one had to give was not considered inferior to what one received.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Man's striving for order, of which art is but one manifestation,
derives from a similar universal tendency throughout the organic world;
it is also paralleled by,
and perhaps derived from, the striving towards the
state of simplest structure in physical systems.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Rather than be asked to abandon one's own heritage
and to adapt to the mores of the new country,
one was expected to possess a treasure of foreign skills
and customs that would enrich the resources of American living.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest,
have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude.
No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple.
- Rudolf Arnheim

When a system is considered in two different states,
the difference in volume or in any other property,
between the two states, depends solely upon those states
themselves and not upon the manner in which the system
may pass from one state to the other.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The rehabilitation of order as a universal principle,
however, suggested at the same time that orderliness
by itself is not sufficient to account for the nature
of organized systems in general or for those created by man in particular.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Entropy theory, on the other hand, is not concerned
with the probability of succession in a series of items
but with the overall distribution of kinds of items in a given arrangement.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The clarification of visual forms and their organization
in integrated patterns as well as the attribution of
such forms to suitable objects is one of the most effective
training grounds of the young mind.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Furthermore, order is a necessary condition for making a structure function.
A physical mechanism, be it a team of laborers,
the body of an animal, or a machine,
can work only if it is in physical order.
- Rudolf Arnheim

If we knew exactly what animal life was like before
the fall into sin and knew what nature was like before
the law of entropy invaded it,
we would already be living in heaven.
- Walter Lang

We could not, for example, arrive at a principle like
that of entropy without introducing some additional principle,
such as randomness, to this topography.
- Michael Polanyi

Heretics are the only bitter remedy against the entropy of human thought.
- Yevgeny Zamyatin

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe,
so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly
structured and to struggle against entropy.
- Vaclav Havel

Only entropy comes easy.
- Anton Chekhov

I'm a human entropy producer.
- Dean Kamen

The minute those two little particles inside a woman's
womb have joined together,
billions of decisions have been made.
A thing like that has to come from entropy.
- Rex Stout

Software is like entropy.
It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing,
and obeys the second law of thermodynamics;
i.e.
it always increases.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the facts don't fit the theory,
change the facts.
- Albert Einstein

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
- Niels Bohr

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.
- Yogi Berra

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

He who loves practice without theory
is like the sailor who boards ship
without a rudder and compass
and never knows where he may cast.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
- Mike Myers

I have this theory - that if we're told we're bad,
then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.
- Jewel

The basic theory in twistor theory is not to add extra dimensions.
- Roger Penrose

In theory it may seem all right to some,
but when it comes to being made the instrument of the Lord's vengeance,
I myself don't like it.
- Robert Gould Shaw

Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know,
that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.
- Talcott Parsons

I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
- Hunter S. Thompson

Funeral by funeral, theory advances.
- Paul Samuelson

They didn't accept me theory - not a theory,
but just a thought I had about this character.
I noticed that this man only exists when the boy comes into the grocery.
- Omar Sharif

This success led my theoretical group to the chemical reactivity theory,
extending more and more widely the range of compound
and reactions that were discussed.
- Kenichi Fukui

Notwithstanding these major arguments the wave theory
initially did not meet with complete acceptance.
- Max von Laue

When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it
be the music that I wanted.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Meanwhile, the originator of a theory may have a very lonely time,
especially if his colleagues find his views of nature unfamiliar,
and difficult to appreciate.
- Peter D. Mitchell

His theory was that non-fiction could be as artful as fiction.
- Gerald Clarke

My theory is if you have a religion,
it's a good one.
Because some people don't have any at all.
- Tom T. Hall

You know very well that unless you're a scientist,
it's much more important for a theory to be shapely,
than for it to be true.
- Christopher Hampton

Every theory is a self-fulfilling prophecy that orders
experience into the framework it provides.
- Ruth Hubbard

According to the now almost universally accepted theory,
all the races of mankind had a common origin.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The standard growth theory tells us that economic growth
in per capita basis comes from mainly two sources:
capital deepening and total factor productivity growth,
or TFP growth.
- Toshihiko Fukui

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial,
gossip among men, especially if it is about women,
is called theory, or idea, or fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true.
But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic
then we're in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction.
- David Eddings

In the mid-'60s in Berkeley, the theory of measure
spaces of economic agents became one of my main interests.
- Gerard Debreu

I'm a games and theory kind of guy.
I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
- Neil Patrick Harris

Today the theory of evolution is about as much open
to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.
- Richard Dawkins

Moreover, in the experimental sciences,
the scientific fraternity must test a new theory to destruction,
if possible.
- Peter D. Mitchell


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