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Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty

Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty

Publisher World Scientific Publishing Co Ltd
Year 01/02/2015
Edition First
Pages 272
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
Language English
ISBN 9789814602945
Categories Philosophy: aesthetics, Others
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Book description

What does mathematics have to do with poetry? Seemingly, nothing. Mathematics deals with abstractions while poetry with emotions. And yet, the two share something essential: Beauty. "Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare," says the title of a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.A winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2015, "Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty" tries to solve the secret of the similarity between the two domains. It tries to explain how a mathematical argument and a poem can move us in the same way. Mathematical and poetic techniques are compared, with the aim of showing how they evoke the same sense of beauty.The reader may find that, as Bertrand Russell said, "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty hold and austere, like that of sculpture ... sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show."

Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty

Table of contents

The Magic of Poetry and of Mathematics; Condensation; Order; How Mathematicians and Poets Think; Poetic Image; Mathematical Image; Paradoxes and Oxymorons; Self Reference and Godel's Theorem;

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