Mathematics a special art form

As we known, art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. Public can easily access to diverse types of art like visual arts including the creation of images or presenting object visually, literature and performing arts represented by music, theater, film and dance.However few people get the idea that there is a special art form,mathematics as well as science.

Beyond question, mathematics is an activity filling with creativity, as the same as music and poetry.Like other fields of art,mathematics also includes aesthetic pleasure that is from work of some aspects of mathematics or from mathematics in general showing the pearl of wisdom. The aesthetic value of mathematics is based on the sense of mathematical beauty mainly consisted of succinctness and harmony, which is generally from elegant proof method such as proof with a minimum of additional assumptions or previous results or proof can be easily generalized to apply to a family of similar problems and so on, meaningful result establishing connections between two abstract objects from different areas of mathematics that at first sight appear to be unrelated.

The Euler’s identity $$e^{i\pi}+1=0$$ special case of Euler’s formula building a bridge among real, imaginary and exponentiation is one of the most profound result and best example of the beauty of mathematics.Besides, it is also provided with unique succinctness.

Mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell expressed the sense of mathematical beauty in these words:

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. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.

Absolutely, there is unique aesthetic value in mathematics, and therefore, we can surely regard mathematics as an art form although it may seem a little bit strange.

And as a beginner in the journey of mathematics, I am willing to devote my life to it and wish to be a excellent mathematics artist.

Finally, it is my great pleasure to cooperate with my best friends Minghua Deng and Vincent Li to have trilines to write and share something interesting and funny together.



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