Monday, September 24, 2018

Mathematics as Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:45 AM

[Revised throughout the day on Sept. 24, 2018.]

"Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is
a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents
a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain
how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty."

— Sir Michael Atiyah, quoted here on April 4, 2016

Atiyah's remarks today on the Riemann hypothesis, based on his earlier
remarks on "arithmetic physics" and α, the fine-structure constant,
seem to exemplify the "magic and mystery" approach.

From some previous Log24 posts

AMS on 'mathematics, magic, and mystery,' April 2014

MAA on 'mathematics, magic, and mystery,' April 2014

Update of 6:06 PM ET the same day —


For related magic and mystery, see Log24 posts tagged on090405.

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