Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics

Explaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics

http://kingcheapebook.blogspot.com/2014/03/explaining-beauty-in-mathematics.htmlExplaining Beauty in Mathematics: An Aesthetic Theory of Mathematics (Synthese Library) by Ulianov Montano
This book develops a naturalistic aesthetic theory that accounts for aesthetic phenomena in mathematics in the same terms as it accounts for more traditional aesthetic phenomena. Building upon a view advanced by James McAllister, the assertion is that beauty in science does not confine itself to anecdotes or personal idiosyncrasies, but rather that it had played a role in shaping the development of science. Mathematicians often evaluate certain pieces of mathematics using words like beautiful, elegant, or even ugly. Such evaluations are prevalent, however, rigorous investigation of them, of mathematical beauty, is much less common. The volume integrates the basic elements of aesthetics, as it has been developed over the last 200 years, with recent findings in neuropsychology as well as a good knowledge of mathematics.
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