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The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful

October 4, 2009

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.

Jules Henri Poincaré, Science and Method, Part I. Ch. 1 : The Selection of Facts, p. 22

Poincaré – Jules Henri Poincaré (29 April 185417 July 1912), generally known as Henri Poincaré, was one of France’s greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists, and a philosopher of science.

This ‘beauty’ of nature’s underlying order revealed in mathematical laws and scientific equations requires explanation.

Creation – its beauty

July 28, 2009

Jerram Barrs planned to commit suicide when a student at Alderley Edge. He believed life had no meaning and there was no difference between right and wrong. Yet the sheer beauty of the place that cold January day stopped him.