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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“Matematik berör mig djupt” | Lärarnas Nyheter

This issue of Origo, a Swedish magazine for math and science teachers has a special theme dedicated to beauty in mathematics. I was one of the people interviewed for the issue (others included Marcus du Sautoy, and some other university and high school teachers.)

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Beautiful AND Tasty!Mathematicians invent new way to slice pizza into exotic shapes | New Scientist

If you want to share a pizza equally but certain people don’t like the toppings in the middle, there’s now a slicing formula to keep everyone happy

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Love and Math an interview with Edward Frenkel – YouTube

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Can a monster be beautiful??Math’s Beautiful Monsters – Issue 11: Light – Nautilus

Much like its creator, Karl Weierstrass’ monster came from nowhere. After four years at university spent drinking and fencing, Weierstrass…

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