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Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Science

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Lecture I - Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Science

sRobert May, Baron May of Oxford; Professor, Zoology, Oxford University and Imperial College
October 2, 2012

2012 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures

May explores the extent to which beauty has guided, and still guides, humanity's quest to understand how the world works, with a brief look at the interactions among beliefs, values, beauty, truth, and our expectations for tomorrow's world.

Dirac Lecture 2011 - Beauty and truth:their intersection in mathematics and science

Please watch: UNSWTV: Entertaining your curiosity

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Lord Robert M. May Zoology Department, Oxford University, supported by the Royal Society of NSW & Australian Institute of Physics.

In the mists of prehistory, it seems clear that our ancestors sought to make sense of their world through myth and magic, memorably associated with evocative cave paintings, stone circles, and the like. The Greeks attempt to understand the motions of heavenly bodies were constrained by essentially aesthetic ideas about the perfection of circles. Did the advent of the experimental method overturn this conjunction of truth with beauty? Dirac's equation speaks eloquently and amazingly to a contrary view. My talk will cover this general ground in an opinionated way.
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School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture “Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Physics”

Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University) recently gave the Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS. The lecture was held on Wednesday 18th May in the Schrodinger Lecture Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Jaffe is also Chair of the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS.
Abstract:

Beauty, commonly accepted in the arts, is also central both in mathematics and in physics. In both disciplines one also strives to discover truth. But beauty and truth can have different meanings for a physicist and for a mathematician! We discuss how one might reconcile these contrasting views.

Bio:

Arthur M. Jaffe is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University. His major research focuses on understanding quantum physics and the mathematics that it inspires. For his research in showing the mathematical compatibility of quantum theory with special relativity (by giving examples of non-linear fields in two and three dimensions), he received the Dannie Heineman Prize in Mathematical Physics, and the Physical Sciences Prize of the New York Academy of Science, jointly with James Glimm. In 1983 he authored the highly quoted essay “Ordering the Universe” for the US National Research Council, written to give intellectual justification for funding research in mathematics. In 1993 he wrote the essay “Theoretical Mathematics” with Frank Quinn, describing recent interactions between mathematics and theoretical physics. One year after its publication, the Bulletin of the AMS devoted an entire issue to discussion of that article.

Jaffe served as president of International Association of Mathematical Physics for two consecutive terms, and of the American Mathematical Society during 1997/1998. He conceived and guided the conception of the Clay Mathematics Institute, including serving as its first President 1998-2002, when he was responsible for the “Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics.” Since 2005 he has chaired the Board of the DIAS School of Theoretical Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the RIA.

Beauty and Truth in Mathematics; a Tribute to Albert Einstein and Hermann Weyl - Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Atiyah
Institute for Advanced Study
November 8, 2010

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Lecture I - Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Science - YouTube

Lecture I Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Science YouTube

Robert , Baron of Oxford; Professor, Zoology, Oxford University and Imperial College 2, 2017 2017 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures explores the extent to which beauty has.

Please watch: UNSWTV: Entertaining your curiosity -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Lord Robert M. Zoology Department, Oxford University, supported by the.



Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University) recently gave the Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS..
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Truth=Math=Beauty

Thomas Garrity, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, presents Truth=Math=Beauty. Delivered November 1, 2011, as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.

Through the Lens of Love: Deciphering the Beauty of Math

How can you appreciate the beauty of Math as you discover the complexity of Love?

A presentation by:
Karl Paolo Gelito
Princess Shermane Danielle Matas
Harvey Hontiveros
Feb Alexis Marquez
Eloisa Marie Galvez
Dianne Angela Ganhinhin
Jherson Gutierrez

Submitted to: Asst. Prof. Giovanna Fae Oguis PhD.

Science (Beauty in Truth)

It's the poetry of reality (Dawkins).
Quotes from Carl Sagan and Tim Minchin. Paraphrase of Isaac Asimov.
Geological time chart by Ancient Life Publishing 2009, from Museum of the Rockies.
Amber is solid, but the insect is still squishy.

The Science of Beauty - Sir Michael Atiyah

A talk on The Role of Beauty in Mathematics as part of Science of Beauty Conference.
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Can Math Be Beautiful?

What is it about Euclid's infinite primes that rocks Simon Singh's world? What makes math different from the rest of the sciences? Listen as he and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explain why, to them, math is a language of beauty, creativity, and immortality—for its unshakable proofs allow you to truly stand solidly on the shoulders of giants.

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Original Program Date: June 3, 2011

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Mathematics and Beauty

Roundtable discussion with Eva Brann, Brian Greene, Mario Livio, Barry Mazur, Elaine Scarry
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Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world | Roger Antonsen

Unlock the mysteries and inner workings of the world through one of the most imaginative art forms ever -- mathematics -- with Roger Antonsen, as he explains how a slight change in perspective can reveal patterns, numbers and formulas as the gateways to empathy and understanding.

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What's so sexy about math? | Cédric Villani

Hidden truths permeate our world; they're inaccessible to our senses, but math allows us to go beyond our intuition to uncover their mysteries. In this survey of mathematical breakthroughs, Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician. Beautiful mathematical explanations are not only for our pleasure, he says. They change our vision of the world.

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Moment of Truth - Mathematical Ethnographies series

Is doing research in mathematics a creative process? When mathematicians talk of their subject as beautiful, what do they mean? What are their motivations? Their dreams? Their disappointments?
These themes are explored in the collection of five short films produced as part of Mathematical Ethnogrphies project.
The focus is not on mathematics, but on the people who create and teach mathematics - on mathematicians.
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Beauty in Mathematics | Enrico Bombieri

Enrico Bombieri, Professor Emeritus, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study


December 11, 2012

Often mathematicians refer to a beautiful result or a beautiful proof. In this special lecture, Enrico Bombieri, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, draws on examples from art, nature, and number theory to address the question, What is beauty in mathematics?

The Neurobiology of Beauty - UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

Speaker: Prof Semir Zeki, Faculty of Brain Sciences, Tuesday 17th January 2017 #ucllhl
Bring your lunch and your curiosity! UCL Lunch Hour Lectures, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Darwin Lecture Theatre, 1.15 - 1.55pm (term time)

The experience of beauty, whether derived from perceptual sources, as in visual or musical beauty, or cognitive ones, as in mathematical beauty, correlates with activity in the same part of the brain: field A1 of the medial orbito-frontal cortex. Professor Semir Zeki discusses the questions this raises about the uses of beauty.

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The Beauty of Mathematics

Steve Paulson discusses different notions of beauty in mathematics with science writer Margaret Wertheim and physicist S. James Gates, Jr.

This is an excerpt from The Mystery of Our Mathematical Universe recorded on October 10, 2018 at The New York Academy of Sciences. For the video of the complete discussion, see:

Michael Atiyah Beauty in Mathematics

Michael Atiyah, one of the worlds foremost mathematicians, talks about beauty in mathematics, which he defines as simplicity, elegance and truth per word, and explains why it is such an important criterion. Peoples Archive is dedicated to collecting for posterity the life stories of the great thinkers, creators and achievers of our time. The people whose stories we present are leaders of their field, whose work has influenced and changed our world. Look out for more of our stories on Google Video or visit our site to explore the wealth of our content through our Science, Film, Masters, Literature and Medicine sections with new speakers added regularly.

Conrad Wolfram - Making Maths Beautiful

Conrad Wolfram, Mathematician Founder, Wolfram Research Europe. The importance of math to jobs, society and thinking has exploded over the last few decades. Meanwhile, math education has gotten stuck or has even slipped backward. Why has this chasm opened up? It's all about computers: when they do the calculating, people can work on harder questions, try more concepts, and play with a multitude of new ideas. Conrad Wolfram discusses a new project to build a completely new math curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart - alongside a campaign to refocus math education away from historical hand-calculating techniques and toward relevant and conceptually interesting topics.

Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference, January 25th 2012, London

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