Algorithmic Aesthetics:
Computer Models
for Criticism and Design in the Arts

by

George Stiny and James Gips

Originally published by University of California Press, 1978.

The copyright was returned to the authors when the book went out of print,
so we are putting the book up on the web for free.

Table of Contents ("main")


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(Note: The pdf file is 30 MB.  If you have a difficult time downloading it, email me at gips@bc.edu and we will send the pdf file to you through yousendit.com.
Or, you can view the book page by page below. -- JG, July 2009)

Prof. Junho Oh, of Soongsil University, very kindly has translated the book into Korean.  Download the Korean translation as a pdf.

New: Download George Stiny's book Shape: Talking about Seeing and Doing

(Yes, the irony of having the ugliest website on the internet for a book on aesthetics is not lost on me. -- JG)




One author's viewpoint (2003)

2010 Preface (pdf)
Photo of Authors in 1970


Cover (Much to our surprise, U.C. Press put computer tapes on the cover! -- JG)

Front Flap

Back Flap



Front matter



Part I: Introduction
 1
Chapter 1.  Introduction
 3
Chapter 2.  The Structure of Criticism Algorithms and Design Algorithms
 8


Part II: Receptors
17
Chapter 3. Receptors
19


Part III: Aesthetic Systems
33
Chapter 4. The Structure of Aesthetic Systems
35
Chapter 5. Interpretation
38
Chapter 6. Interpretation: Constructive and Evocative Modes of Understanding
42
Chapter 7. Interpretation: Expression, Representation, Transparency, and Form
62
Chapter 8. Evaluation
100
Chapter 9. An Aesthetic System for Non-Representational Geometric Pictures
123
Chapter 10.  Some Other Possible Aesthetic Systems
154
Chapter 11.  Combining Aesthetic Systems
175


Part IV: Analysis and Synthesis Algorithms
181
Chapter 12. Analysis and Synthesis Algorithms
183
Chapter 13.  What is a Work of Art?
190


Part V: Effectors
199
Chapter 14. Effectors
201


Appendix: Introduction to Algorithms
205


References
211


Subject Index
217


Author Index
219