Beauty and the Beast: The Aesthetic Moment in Science
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Plenum Publishing Corporation
- Publish date: 05/01/1999
In this engaging treatise, renowned scientist Dr. Ernst Peter Fischer puts forth a convincing appeal to both the public and scientists, urging us to reconsider the way we arrive at the truth in science. Encouraging us to approach science with all our senses, Fischer posits a universal aesthetic sense that spurs our imagination and leads it to profound revelations about human and cosmic nature. He delves into the lives of major thinkers and scientists from Bacon to Watson and Crick, pinpointing how they have been guided by their instinct and individual sense of beauty in the pursuit of knowledge.
Showing how the aesthetic delights of thought, analysis, research, and discovery are leading components of the scientific mind and process, the author examines everything from snowflakes to the overall makeup of the time-space continuum. He explores these concepts and others including evolution and symmetry in nature, as well as imaginary numbers and irrationality as proof of beauty in science. He presents truth as a state of beauty -- and beauty as the embodiment of truth.
This thought-provoking book will stir the senses and implore us to expand our vision of reality -- to use all the senses, not just our rational intellect, in determining the truth behind scientific discovery.