Monthly Archives: May 2008

Patterns, maths and beauty

The mathmatician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious manner. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanant place in the world for ugly mathmatics… It may be very hard to define mathmatical beauty (although through the golden ratio and the Fibonacci series it has been attempted) but that is just as true of any type of beauty be it musical, aesthitical or mathmatical- we may not know quite what we mean by a beautiful poem, but that does not prevent us from recognizing one when we see it. Why then should we not be able to recgonise mathmatical beauty when we see it despite not being certain about what it is we speak about?
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