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Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Science


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


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.

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..

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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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.

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.


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.

Wittgenstein, Wheeler and Wallace: The Curious Relation of Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics

Wittgenstein, Wheeler and Wallace. A Discussion of the Curious Relation of Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics
Google Tech Talk
August 8, 2011

Presented by James McGuire.


A discussion of the curious relation of philosophy, mathematics and physics with the assistance of three notables: Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher, mathematician), John Archibald Wheeler (theoretical physicist), and David Foster Wallace (author).

Speaker Info:

Dr. James McGuire, Professor Emeritus, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Physics. His research interests include quantum computation, exactly-solvable quantum systems, and statistical physics.


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.

Artistic Mathematics Truth and Beauty

Artistic Mathematics Truth and Beauty
September 24, 2018

This talk focuses on work in mathematical visualization: making accurate, effective, and beautiful pictures, models, and experiences of mathematical concepts. This talk also discusses what it is that makes a visualization compelling, and show many examples in the medium of 3D printing, as well as some explorations in virtual reality and spherical video.

Speaker: Henry Segerman, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Oklahoma State University

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Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty and truth in physics

Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?

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Aestheticism: a documentary on the Mathematics of Beauty

A video documentary showcasing the intricacy of Mathematics in the application of arts, natural aesthetics and other fields. The goal of said documentary is to emphasize the flexibility of Mathematics as a tool to create beauty in the world around us. The documentary is set in Taft Ave., Malate, Manila and was created by Joacquin Navales, Jeanette Mallari, Regine Torres and Ferdinand Panganiban of Class C32 in compliance with their final GENMATMW course requirement.

All stock footage credits go to:
Herbert Palo
Keisha Glipa
Stelios Hontas
Md. Eliass Hossain

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.

The Truth of Math that You Weren't Taught in School

Hello, i go by the name Aria, and i'm starting the channel CosmoGenesis to share and join in a collective dialectic for the sake of expanding knowledge through facts.

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There seems to be a predominant misunderstanding of Mathematics in general, and the misapplication of it is everywhere. From the connotations of particle physics, to the average joe believing that numbers are something that can prove anything. A basic investigation into the origin of mathematics reveals that this is very much not the case.

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. –Nikola Tesla

※ I have no association with any pre-existing thought modalities or organizations. I am in opposition to the sensationalist new-age nonsense, as i am in opposition to the convolutions and misinterpretations within the mainstream. Both of which rely heavily on descriptions which are plagued with Sharpshooter Fallacies and confirmation biases. Their models are falling apart at the seams; the proof of that is in the pudding. One needs not cite what is practically everywhere, and admitted to by their own proponents.

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There won't be any tolerance for fanaticism, cultism, dogmatic interjections, or any sort of crap that impedes a mutual desire to learn and understand things which seem so difficult to find answers for.

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Truth Table Tutorial - Discrete Mathematics Logic

Here is a quick tutorial on two different truth tables.
If you have any questions or would like me to do a tutorial on a specific example, then please comment down below and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

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.

Paul Dirac and the religion of mathematical beauty

Speaker: Graham Farmelo
Filmed at The Royal Society, London on Fri 04 Mar 2011 1pm - 2pm

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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The Science of Beauty - Sir Michael Atiyah

A talk on The Role of Beauty in Mathematics as part of Science of Beauty Conference.

Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe

Mathematical mysteries have challenged humanity’s most powerful thinkers and inspired passionate, lifelong obsessions in search of answers. From the strangeness of prime numbers and the nature of infinity, to the turbulent flow of fluids and the geometry of hyperspace, mathematics is our most potent tool for revealing immutable truths. The event was a vibrant tour to the boundaries of the mathematical universe, and explore the deep puzzles that have been solved, the masterminds who powered the breakthroughs, and the towering challenges that have shaken the confidence of some of today’s most accomplished mathematicians—even as they enlist new ways to pursue mathematical truths.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Original Program Date: June 3, 2011
MODERATOR: Robert Krulwich
PARTICIPANTS: Jonathan Borwein, Keith Devlin, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Singh

Welcome to the Mathematical Universe. 00:13

Participant Introductions. 01:50

What about math got you interested in the subject? 04:07

Is math an instinct in humans? 10:20

When in history did the number come into existence? 15:22

Math was key to ancient survival. 20:27

1+1=0 Adding in binary. 25:59

Why are some people better at math than others? 26:55

Nontransitive dice game. 33:44

What's the best story about math... Infinite primes? 38:05

Do all math problems have an answer? 44:33

The computer replacing the mathematician? 54:40

Can we mathematically understand the universe we are in without seeing it? 58:48

Perfect Rigour and Grigori Perelman solved the Poincare Conjecture 01:03:10

If you have determination math is easy. 01:09:09

Mathematics is hierarchical and you need to start from the beginning. 01:13:07



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