Visual and Logical Beauty in Mathematics

László Lovász
Proceedings of Bridges 2010: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2010)
Pages 2–2 Invited Papers


From the harmony of proportions in Greek buildings, to the mosaics of the Alhambra, to fractals, many visually beautiful objects have a deep mathematical background. But even non-geometric mathematics has a strong aesthetic component. Adjectives like beautiful and elegant are often used to express the highest appreciation for mathematical work. The lecture will illustrate these two appearances of beauty in mathematics and also their interactions.