Beauty is Truth


Finally got round to reading the latest chapter of Beautiful Evidence. This is what I wrote as a comment:

“Beauty is Truth, and Truth Beauty” (John Keats, I think).

As your other correspondents have pointed out, and as my Physics teacher at school often said, there is definitely beauty in the elegant exposition of a scientific idea.

The Rock/Braque/Picasso sequence, on the other hand, relies on the other half of the Keats statement. It is definitely beautiful but I am not sure what the point is. However, if we believe Keats, the obvious beauty of the sequence must conceal a truth somewhere!

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