Gurus-arkiv – Sapir

What makes mathematics beautiful.  A few short answers to some difficult questions.

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Random couscous snaps into beautiful patterns – YouTube

Would you call this cool?  Or beautiful? Or just neat?  In any case, it a very nice illustration of wave patterns generated by different sounds.

Man Pours Couscous On The Table, But The Next Thing He Does Is Mind Boggling

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On art and the brain

A provocative talk by Ramachandran.  Start at 21 minute 50 seconds.  https://www.quora.com/Is-there-an-evolutionary-purpose-to-arts-and-aesthetics-Why-do-humans-love-different-art-forms

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Finding Beauty in the Darkness – The New York Times

Science, like art, music and literature, has the capacity to amaze and excite, dazzle and bewilder. I would argue that it is that aspect of science — its cultural contribution, its humanity — that is perhaps its most important feature.

Source: Finding Beauty in the Darkness – The New York Times

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How did evolution shape the human appreciation of be…

I post this article even though I disagree with one of the central claims, that aesthetic appreciation is not a drive (more like cuddling than sex).  What do you think?  The examples given here, like looking at the Rocky Mountains, are all passive.  What about doing a mathematical proof?  Can’t aesthetic appreciation also involve activity? Perhaps even drive it?

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A perfect circle?

This is not the usual kind of link I post, but it seems beautiful nonetheless.  What control!   For whatever reason I can watch this film over and over!

http://giphy.com/gifs/xT77Y5PFtrHgGsknu0

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Special Issue on the nature and experience of mathematical beauty

Very excited to announce this special, interdisciplinary issue on the nature and experience of mathematical beauty.  Several interesting and provocative texts by philosophers, mathematicians, and math educators.

Papers include:

The Nature and Experience of Mathematical Beauty
Manya Raman-Sundström, Lars-Daniel Öhman, and Nathalie Sinclair  (Introduction)

Explanatory Proofs and Beautiful Proofs
Marc Lange

A Beautiful Proof by Induction
Lars-Daniel Öhman

A Short Walk can be Beautiful
Jonathan M. Borwein

Wabi-Sabi Mathematics
Jean-Francois Maheux

Source: Journal of Humanistic Mathematics – an online-only, open access, peer reviewed journal | Journals at Claremont | Claremont Colleges

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