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Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music

Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music

17. März 2014;

Movies like  Goodwill Hunting and  A Beautiful Mind have helped us all to appreciate the beauty of mathematics in a similar way to art.  New research by University College London shows that this might not just be due to good cinematography, but because our brains actually do respond to beautiful equations in the same way that they respond to great paintings or masterful music.

The study involved giving 15 mathematicians 60 different formula to assess, while measuring their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). 

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Mathematics, rightly viewed,

possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty

- Bertrand Russell

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