Mathematicians Bridge Finite-Infinite Divide | Quanta Magazine

A surprising new proof is helping to connect the mathematics of infinity to the physical world.

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Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight – The Washington Post

Oh, no.  This is quite far from beauty.  At least the mathematician was not poorly treated.

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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.

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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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