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"God, Beauty, & Mathematics" w/ Dr. Alexander Pruss (Thomistic Institute at Texas A&M)

The smartest man alive is Jesus Christ!

Our Lord knows all that constitutes mathematics in its human form and he knows many things we will never know.

Like all the sciences God allows us as part of his love for us to discover certain thinsg about what He has created.

Therefore the beauty of mathematics is a given.



"God, Beauty, & Mathematics" w/ Dr. Alexander Pruss (Thomistic Institute at Texas A&M)

"The Thomistic Institute at Texas A&M University presents a lecture by Prof. Alexander Pruss of Baylor University titled “God, Beauty, and Mathematics.” About the speaker Alexander Pruss has doctorates both in philosophy and mathematics, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University. His books include The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment (Cambridge University Press), One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics (Notre Dame University Press), and Actuality, Possibility and Worlds (Continuum). His research areas include metaphysics, philosophy of religion, Christian ethics, philosophy of mathematics and formal epistemology. About the Thomistic Institute The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone. The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to thomisticinstitute.org/campus-chapters/texasam" from video introduction


The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty

"Mathematicians typically appreciate either generic or exceptional beauty in their work, but one type is more useful in describing the universe.

A time-honored practice in mathematical circles is to divide the field in two. There’s the traditional “applied versus pure” argument, which mirrors the experimental-theoretical divide of other disciplines — the tension between advancing knowledge toward a specific end and doing it for its own sake. Or we can bisect mathematics in the same way that our brain is split, with an algebraic “left hemisphere” that thinks in logical sequences and a geometric “right hemisphere” that has a more visual approach. But the field also breaks down according to a more subtle distinction: one’s preference between two flavors of mathematical beauty..." from the article: The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty





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