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SUMMARY:Aesthetics in Mathematics, Norwich, U.K.
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DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20141207
LOCATION:Norwich, U.K.
DESCRIPTION:It is a common thought that mathematic
s can be not only true but also beautiful, and som
e of the greatest mathematicians have attached cen
tral importance to the aesthetic merit of their wo
rk. Many have derived aesthetic pleasure from math
ematical research, pointing out the incomparable b
eauty and elegance of particular theorems, proofs
and theories. As the French mathematician and theo
retical physicist Henri PoincarĂ© put it, mathemati
cal beauty is a "real aesthetic feeling that all t
rue mathematicians recognise". Others have gone fu
rther, recognising mathematical beauty not only as
a well-known phenomenon, but as one of the key mo
tivations behind the formulation of mathematical p
roofs and as a criterion for choosing one mathemat
ical theorem over another. Thus, Hermann Weyl famo
usly declared: "My work always tried to unite the
true with the beautiful, but when I had to choose
one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful".
This conference seeks to address questions that
arise out of this tendency, prevalent among mathe
maticians, to call theories, proofs and definition
s ~beautiful~ or ~ugly~ and to judge them on the b
asis of aesthetic standards. For more informati
on, see http://aesthetics-in-mathematics.weebly.co
m/ or contact the organizers at: bsam14 at easycha
ir.org.
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It is a common thought that mathematics can be not
only true\n but also beautiful, and some o
f the greatest mathematicians\n have attach
ed central importance to the aesthetic merit of\n
their work. Many have derived aesthetic ple
asure from\n mathematical research, pointin
g out the incomparable beauty\n and eleganc
e of particular theorems, proofs and theories. As\
n the French mathematician and theoretical
physicist Henri\n PoincarĂ© put it, mathemat
ical beauty is a "real aesthetic\n fee
ling that all true mathematicians recognise".
Others\n have gone further, recognising ma
thematical beauty not only as\n a well-know
n phenomenon, but as one of the key motivations\n
behind the formulation of mathematical proo
fs and as a\n criterion for choosing one ma
thematical theorem over\n another. Thus, He
rmann Weyl famously declared: "My work\n
always tried to unite the true with the beautif
ul, but when I\n had to choose one or the o
ther, I usually chose the\n beautiful"
.\n

\n \n This conference
seeks to address questions that arise out of\n
this tendency, prevalent among mathematicians,
to call\n theories, proofs and definitions
~beautiful~ or ~ugly~ and to\n judge them
on the basis of aesthetic standards.\n

\n
\n \n For more information, see
\n http://aesthetics-i
n-mathematics.weebly.com/\n or contact
the organizers at: bsam14 at easychair.org.\n

\n
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