Posted on May 18th, 2020
One of the great generalisations we can make about the modern world is that it is, to an extraordinary degree, an ugly world. If we were to show an ancestor from 250 years ago around our cities and suburbs, they would be amazed at our technology, impressed by our wealth, stunned by our medical advances – and shocked and disbelieving at the horrors we had managed to build. Societies that are, in most respects, hugely more advanced tha...
Posted on November 1st, 2019
"...Copernicus'aesthetic objections to [equants] provided one essential
motive for his rejection of the Ptolemaic system...."
- Thomas Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution
"All of us had been trained by Kelly Johnson and believed
fanatically in his insistence that an airplane that looked
beautiful would fly the same way."
- Ben Rich, Skunk Works
"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this
world for ugly mathematics."- G...