"Why Beauty is Truth"
"'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
English mathematician Ian Stewart agrees with Keats (and Sir Joshua Reynolds). Stewart believes that the more we learn about beauty the more we understand the radiant principles of symmetry that appear to govern the universe. In Why Beauty Is Truth, he presents a timeline of discovery that begins in ancient Babylon and races forward into modern theoretical physics.
In the 1950s, Ian Stewart caught the attention of his mathematics teacher who had him sit A-level examinations without any preparation along with the upper-sixth students; Stewart placed first. Admitted to Cambridge on a scholarship to Churchill College, he became Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, published more than 140 papers, and received the Michael Faraday Medal. In 2001 he was elected to the Royal Society. Why Beauty Is Truth is his latest book.
Thanks to Instapundit for pointing it out to us.