Beauty Isn’t Logic Isn’t Beauty

May 21, 2014

Symmetry’s addictive. Beethoven sought it in the order of chords, Einstein in the logic of theory. Countless writers, too, have sought its imprint in the perfect mot juste. In Aeon Magazine, Philip Ball pleads fervently against the pursuit of beauty in logic, and logic in beauty.  “There’s a reason why our galleries are not, on the whole, filled with paintings of perfect spheres…  the search for an ideal, perfect Platonic form of the table amid spirals, hypercubes and pyramids has an air of desperation.” 

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