beauty, truth

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The Chronicle of Higher Education looks as beauty and scientific truth, observing that "the intertwining of the artistic and scientific notions goes back a long way." David Orrell, a mathematician whose new book is Truth or Beauty: Science and the Quest for Order, describes modern physics as "especially prone to develop ever-more-elaborate models whose goals have more to do with elegance or beauty for beauty's sake than anything else."

Also intriguing is Dartmouth physicist Marcelo Gleiser, whose book A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe sees "the beauty inherent in asymmetry:" the fact that neutrinos, the most common particles in the universe, spin only in one direction, for example, or that amino acids can be produced in laboratories in "left-handed" or "right-handed" forms, but only the "left-handed" form appears in nature. These are nature's equivalent of Marilyn Monroe's mole, attractive because of their lopsidedness, and Orrell also makes use of those examples.

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