# Math is Beautiful: Evidence for Mathematical Aesthetics

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In summary, a recent research presents evidence that mathematicians perceive mathematics as beautiful in a similar sense as art. This can be seen in various fields such as the CG industry, where beauty is not just limited to appearance but also in order and symmetry in complexity. Beauty is subjective and can be found in anything that is well-organized and functional, whether it be people, families, teams, or even mathematical concepts. It only takes one person with a brain that recognizes the symmetry and elegance of an arrangement for something to be considered beautiful. However, if something is considered exotic or subjective, it is best to approach it with a sterile eyewash for safety reasons.
Interesting. Thanks for the link! I remember way back when my prof told me that 'this is art-beauty' while i myself don't seem to appreciate it. I work in CG industry and i find beauty not just in appearance but order/symmetry in complexity/chaos. I'm not even close to a mathematician but i fond beauty in math. Whenever i had a project. I rely mostly on principle and theory-math(form and color) aesthetically because i know it will always produce functional and beautiful result even if beauty is subjective.

I believe that anything neatly assembled from well proportioned parts, that functions well has beauty. Beauty is an association of appropriate concepts that work well together.
People, families, teams, communities, trees, flowers, artworks, machines, buildings, mathematics, algorithms, electrical circuit diagrams, collections or classifications and much else can be beautiful.

Beauty only requires one person with a brain that recognises the symmetry, elegant simplicity and completeness of an arrangement.

To put it simply, where a concept fits pleasantly in our brain, it is beautiful. But, where something exotic is in the eye of the beholder, it should be flushed with a sterile eyewash. (OH&S).

## 1. What is mathematical aesthetics?

Mathematical aesthetics is the study of the beauty and visual appeal of mathematical concepts, structures, and patterns. It explores the idea that mathematics can be seen as not only a logical and useful tool, but also as a source of aesthetic pleasure.

## 2. How can math be considered beautiful?

Math can be considered beautiful in many ways. Some people find beauty in the simplicity and elegance of mathematical equations and theories, while others appreciate the complexity and depth of mathematical concepts. The patterns and symmetry found in mathematics can also be seen as aesthetically pleasing.

## 3. Is there any evidence to support the idea of mathematical aesthetics?

Yes, there is evidence to support the idea of mathematical aesthetics. Studies have shown that the brain responds to mathematical patterns and symmetry in a similar way to how it responds to visual art. Additionally, many mathematicians and scientists have described experiencing a sense of beauty and awe when discovering or working with mathematical concepts.

## 4. Can everyone appreciate mathematical aesthetics?

While some people may have a natural inclination towards appreciating mathematical aesthetics, it is not limited to only certain individuals. With some understanding and exposure to mathematical concepts, anyone can learn to appreciate the beauty of mathematics.

## 5. How does mathematical aesthetics relate to the practical applications of math?

Mathematical aesthetics does not diminish the practical applications of math, but rather enhances them. Many mathematical concepts and theories that are considered beautiful also have practical applications in fields such as science, engineering, and technology. Additionally, the pursuit of beauty and elegance in math can lead to new discoveries and advancements in these fields.

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