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# Are Mathematics Beautiful?

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 Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point Started: 9/11/2013 Category: Science Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period Viewed: 970 times Debate No: 37620
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Posted by jpisar 3 years ago
Hi, sorry for not answering before, I was busy. If you want we can restart the debate. Here is are my arguments:

Here I will argue that you are right in the sense that algebra and geometry as tought in highschool can become really boring and not creative at all. I agree that learning the multiplication tables is a boring hateful stuff. But when I mean mathematics, by no means I refer to Algebra and Geometry in highschool. Rather mathematics seen as a deep and complex science is perhaps the most creative expression of human intelligence and I will show you why.

Since Euclid and his 5 postulates of geometry math has shown us how with as few as 5 very simple assumptions you can calculate, prove or disprove any geometric object conceivable on earth. This is done a by a very difficult, exact and creative process called proving theorems. That is from the 5 postulates you can get basically a infinite amount of theorems that reveal exquisite relationships between objects. For example you can prove that a circle is in fact a polyhedron with infinite angles! That, I think, is beautiful because is simple yet extremely complex

The postulates are:

1. A straight line segment can be drawn joining any two points.
2. Any straight line segment can be extended indefinitely in a straight line.
3. Given any straight lines segment, a circle can be drawn having the segment as radius and one endpoint as center.
4. All Right Angles are congruent.
5. If two lines are drawn which intersect a third in such a way that the sum of the inner angles on one side is less than two Right Angles, then the two lines inevitably must intersect each other on that side if extended far enough. This postulate is equivalent to what is known as the Parallel Postulate.

With this and only this you can draw this fractal:
http://goo.gl...
Posted by xenkenny 4 years ago
Obviously language and words are art as well, we have music, poetry, novels, etc.

So... Your point? Math does EXACTLY the same thing. You've only done elementary algebra, so you have no idea what mathematics actually contains.
Posted by savvga13 4 years ago
@xenkenny-true. But words and languaes are even more an art then, becaue amere description can make some disordely event or scene order itself into letters, syllables, words, phrases, sentences.
Posted by xenkenny 4 years ago
Order makes sense. Bringing order from something chaotic is an art. Humanity would have nothing if order weren't established and sought after.
Posted by savvga13 4 years ago
@xenkenny-but chaos can be beautiful too. Order is conformity.
Posted by xenkenny 4 years ago
Math is astoundingly beautiful. Math isn't just plugging numbers into an equation to solve for x. It's used to model the universe. Bringing order from chaos is sublime.

http://en.wikipedia.org...
Posted by savvga13 4 years ago
true, but that does not mean mathematics in itself is beautiful, or a form of art.
Posted by CrucifyTheEgo 4 years ago
I think it's beautiful simply because solving mathematics contributes to brain growth in young and old.
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