02 February 2006

Mathematics is elegant, romantic

To most people, getting emotional about mathematics makes about as much sense as being moved by a tax return. But to Justin Mullins, equations can contain a profound personal beauty. An exhibition of his "mathematical photography" opens in London Wednesday.

According to Mr Mullins, what mathematicians traditionally call beauty is not visual but a conceptual elegance - for example, an equation that uses few assumptions or gives an original insight. And plenty of others seem to agree. His three-month-old website has already received nearly 2m hits.

Check his site out. It's really cool, especially with the little blurbs here and there. I especially liked the one about entanglement. And what is an Aleph? Why, it's a transfinite number, of course.


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