The beauty of mathematics

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I have been nagged to upload this PowerPoint that I created for the Amesa 2007 congress for the welcoming dinner. We had big screens up and the slideshow just played while we where eating. I focussed on the theme "The Beauty of Mathematics" and used fractals that I have stored on my lappie and I apparently have not made a note of from where I have downloaded these fractals off the internet. All the maths quotes have references so you will be able to trace them at least...

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The beauty of mathematics

  1. 2. <ul><li>“ Mathematics does to the mind what </li></ul><ul><li>Music does to the soul and </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry to the heart” </li></ul>The Beauty of Mathematics
  2. 4. Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 B.C.), Poetics Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry .
  3. 6. J.H.Poincare (1854-1912), (cited in H.E.Huntley, The Divine Proportion , Dover, 1970) The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful.
  4. 8. Lawrence University catalog, Cited in Essays in Humanistic Mathematics, Alvin White, ed, MAA, 1993 Mathematics is the natural home of both abstract thought and the laws of nature. It is at once pure logic and creative art.
  5. 10. G. H. Hardy (1877 - 1947), A Mathematician's Apology , Cambridge University Press, 1994. The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.
  6. 13. J.Bronowski, Science and Human Values , Pelican, 1964. Mathematics in this sense is a form of poetry, which has the same relation to the prose of practical mathematics as poetry has to prose in any other language. The element of poetry, the delight of exploring the medium for its own sake, is an essential ingredient in the creative process.
  7. 14. Jane Muir, Of Men & Numbers , Dover, 1996. Gauss: You have no idea how much poetry there is in the calculation of a table of logarithms!

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