Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Hmm …

… Beauty Does Not Equal Truth, in Physics or Elsewhere - Scientific American Blog Network(Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Well, it depends on what you mean by truth. Historical or scientific fact may not be beautiful, and the former is often quite ugly, but if you accept Aquinas’s view that truth is the conformity of the mind to the nature of the thing, whether that thing is beautiful or not, then you could conclude that truth’s beauty lies in its clarity of vision.  Facts may be true, but fact and truth are not identical terms. In the apprehension of being as being truth and beauty may well coincide. 

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