“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell



Category: Mathematics, Weekend

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8 Responses to “The Beauty of Mathematics”

  1. Alain says:

    Not I was expecting but that was cool.

  2. zell says:

    Math is pretty, not beautiful.
    Russell likes its crispness. Life is not crisp- it’s soggy.
    Which came first: the bubble or the egg?
    Are we in a bubble today. Depends how you conceptualize a bubble. The usual concept is egg like- a lot of amplitude- an egg in an egg cup- erect. A lot of froth activity, vitality, that feels hyper.
    Then take the egg and roll it onto its side- a flattened object with no froth creating height, but shallow volume. And lets say the walls are weak -artificially buttressed walls that prevent breakthrough (the FED). Dense liquidity.
    When the artificial force weakens there is a breakthrough that is intense but not easily visible. take a storm like Sandy. Not a wind event- a huge storm surge —- liquidity. Like what was experienced at a minor level a few months ago……..Did you see what happened with the flight of capital from the emerging markets?
    I think we might just be in a soggy bubble.

    The artificiality is hard to stumble on mathematically. It doesn’t exist in formula.
    Life comes first, then mathematics takes on the concept mathematically.

  3. supercorm says:

    Nice … snow flake and tree, awesome. Who knew the nature was using math in a such beautiful way.

  4. MidlifeNocrisis says:

    Yeah, first came nature, and then came human math to describe it. I was always disappointed (in myself) because math was the one subject that I really never “got”. Fortunately, I was successful in other subjects.

  5. Al_Czervik says:

    If math weren’t real, humans would have had to invent it.


  6. KJMClark says:

    Very nice. Two quibbles: fingerprints aren’t DNA, and hopefully that aircraft wing has more pressure under the wing than over it, or that plane isn’t going to stay up very long!

  7. mathman says:

    Thanks Barry.

    It’s as simple as yesterday’s date 11/12/13. Kind of makes one wonder when the last one will be. Oh, hey, that’s Dec. 13 of next year, and it’s the last one! Going further, how far back was the first one?
    i’ll leave that to the reader.

  8. Cary Ferguson says:

    “It is better to see math as an artist than it is to see art as a mathematician.”

    This has been true in my life.