# THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY

@article{Rota2004THEPO, title={THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY}, author={Gian-Carlo Rota}, journal={Synthese}, year={2004}, volume={111}, pages={171-182} }

It has been observed that whereas painters and musicians are likely to be embarrassed by references to the beauty in their work, mathematicians instead like to engage in discussions of the beauty of mathematics. Professional artists are more likely to stress the technical rather than the aesthetic aspects of their work. Mathematicians, instead, are fond of passing judgment on the beauty of their favored pieces of mathematics. Even a cursory observation shows that the characteristics of…

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