Friday, 1 May 2009

Ode on a Grecian Urn - By John Keats.

The poem really made me think. We all perceive beauty in different ways. I saw that in class yesterday. But what in reality is beauty? Does it exist because we exist to observe it? Or does it have an existence independent of an observer? Is there something which has a 'Universal Beauty' to it such that all things percieve it as beautiful?

Many people seemed to find nature beautiful. I suppose that fact is irrefutable. But in my opinion what is truly beautiful is mathematics. It intricately and subtly connects everything in this universe. I think all mathemetics is abundant in beauty but if told to choose just one thing in it that I find beautiful I always go for Euler's Equation

e=cos π + i sin π

This I think is a unique fromula because it manages to relate five fundamental numbers into one elegant equation.