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Beauty and the beast : the aesthetic moment in science

Author: Ernst Peter Fischer
Publisher: New York : Plenum Trade, ©1999.
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In this engaging treatise, science historian Dr. Ernst Peter Fischer puts forth a convincing appeal to both the public and scientists, urging us to reconsider the way we arrive at the truth in science. Encouraging us to approach science with all our senses, Fischer posits a universal aesthetic sense that spurs our imagination and leads it to profound revelations about human and cosmic nature. He delves into the
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Fischer, Ernst Peter, 1947-
Beauty and the beast.
New York : Plenum Trade, ©1999
(OCoLC)622570298
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst Peter Fischer
ISBN: 0306460114 9780306460111
OCLC Number: 40762705
Notes: Translation of: Schöne und das Biest. 1997.
Description: xiv, 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Beginning with a Fairy Tale: Beauty and the Beast --
1. Aesthetic Science: Beautiful Ideas and Elegant Experiments --
2. All that Beauty Can Be: The Lengthy Consideration of a Simple Concept --
3. The Irrational Measure of Things: The Long and Short of the Golden Section --
4. On Illumination of the Soul: How Pleasing Pictures Lead Science to the Truth --
5. Beauty in Revolution: The Aesthetics of Scientific Progress --
6. The Distinct Form of Symmetry: A Look in the Mirror and Other Operations --
7. Perception and Selection: The Origin of Beauty and How It Determines Our Lives --
8. New Values for Science: An Appeal for the Aesthetic Transformation of Scientific Research --
Epilogue: Ending with a Dream: The Scientist and Beauty.
Other Titles: Schöne und das Biest.
Responsibility: Ernst Peter Fischer ; translated from German by Elizabeth Oehlkers.

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