Ugliness in mathematics

When we try to account for beauty in mathematics, we should also consider how well we can account for ugliness.  Ulianov Montaño does so in a recent article, found here.  He contrasts his own theory, which uses narratives as a frame for analyzing beauty, to that of Rota and MacAllister (found in reading list on this blog.)  Montaño’s approach is similarto that of Reviel Netz (in “The Aesthetics of Mathematics: A Study” in Mancosu et al ed. Visualization, Explanation, and Reasoning Styles in Mathematics, Springer, 2005.)

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Associate Professor in Mathematics Education, and part-time poet.
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