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James O’Brien for Quanta Magazine

The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty

“Trying to appreciate mathematics without understanding its inner workings is like reading a description of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony instead of hearing it.”

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, on the differences between generic and exceptional beauty, and why one type of beauty proves more useful in describing the universe.

Read more at Quanta Magazine.

June 19, 2020