De schoonheid van de wiskunde volgens B.Russell

Over de juistheid én de schoonheid van de wiskunde, volgende uitspraak van B.Russell (1872-1970), een Britse filosoof, historicus, logicus en wiskundige:

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.”


Wiskunde moet mooi zijn

Over schoonheid in de wiskunde. Uit: G.H.Hardy, A mathematicians’ apology

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If this patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas ….. The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful;  the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.