The Beauty of Mathematical Order: - a Study of the Role of Mathematics in Greek Philosophy and Modern Art Works of Piet Hein and Inger Christensen

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Abstract

Since antiquity mathematics has been identified as a science that allows us humans to comprehend the inner workings of harmony and in Greek philosophy mathematical form is celebrated as an eminent source of beauty. I discuss how mathematics continues to have a role to play in certain conceptions of beauty. The two examples I consider are taken from design and poetry respectively, namely the invention of the super-ellipse by the Danish designer, poet, mathematician and artist, Piet Hein and the collection of poems called Alphabet by the Danish poet Inger Christensen.
Original languageDanish
JournalJournal of Somaesthetics
Number of pages16
Publication statusSubmitted - 17 Jan 2020

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