Why is the World So Beautiful?

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Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek considers whether the deepest realities of the world embody beautiful ideas. He notes, “[[t]here’s a very rich history of art objects and music and what people have found beautiful, and literature, and we can compare that to what scientists find in their deep investigation of what the world is, and see not whether those things coincide — they clearly don’t coincide. There are forms of beauty that are not found in science and, there are facts about the world that are not beautiful. But there’s a remarkable intersection, I think, and a remarkable overlap between the concepts of beauty that you find in art and literature and music, and things that you find as the deepest themes of our understanding of the physical world.”

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