Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty, Ron Aharoni
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Ron Aharoni

Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty

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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.
“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.”
Contents:The Magic of Poetry and of MathematicsCondensationOrderHow Mathematicians and Poets ThinkPoetic ImageMathematical ImageParadoxes and OxymoronsSelf Reference and Godel's TheoremReadership: Those interested in Mathematics, those interested in poetry, and the general public.Key Features:

It presents laymen and mathematicians alike with beautiful pieces of mathematics, and studies techniques of both poetry and mathematics that contribute to beauty
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“there was more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer.”
The great German mathematician David Hilbert (1862–1943) noticed that one of his students had started missing his lectures. When he asked for the reason, he was told that the student had left mathematics in favor of poetry. “Ah, yes,” said Hilbert, “I always thought he didn’t have enough imagination for mathematics.”
Introduction: Magic
A mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a complete mathematician.
Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician, 1815–1897
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