mathematical beauty

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.

– Russell, Bertrand (1919). “The Study of Mathematics”

here are some mathematical beauty links:

mathematical beauty on flickr

gallery of pictures created by ‘mathematical beauty’ program (written in siberia by Vyacheslav Pestrozhukov)

fractal expressionism (an essay on Jackson Pollock, chaos, and fractals)

A FreeBoundary Theory for the Shape of the Ideal Dripping Icicle


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