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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@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>