Beauty in Art and Mathematics: A Common Neural Substrate or the Limits of Language?

Daniel J. Goldstein
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 93–100


Mathematicians often refer to the aesthetic qualities of mathematical works using the same terms and expressions employed by artists and art critics to evaluate visually apprehensible objects. Does this reflect the limits of human language, or is it a subtle indication that vision is somehow connected with the process of understanding and inventing/discovering mathematics?