Re: (OT) Music
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 10, 2002, 10:34|
Jan van Steenbergen scripsit:
> Nonono! Music involves many factors, is even dominated by them, that don't play
> a role of any significance in mathematics, like: aesthetics, taste, emotion...
I think these are *exactly* the factors that determine what is beautiful
mathematics, and the criterion of so-called "pure" mathematics is indeed
beauty. Of course, this raises the question of what beauty is, to which
I can do no better than William Blake: "Exuberance is beauty".
Mathematics is an art, like modern painting, that takes a good deal of
preliminary training to appreciate. Nevertheless it is an art.
> If music is really to be reduced to a science, then I would say, that it is a
> combination of physics and biochemistry.
And if sculpture is to be reduced to a science, it is also a combination
of physics and biochemistry....
John Cowan <jcowan@...> http://www.reutershealth.com
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han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_