scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 666
Beautiful minds It Must Be Beautiful Great Equations of Modern Science ed Graham Farmelo 283pp Granta It was Galileo who first declared that the book of nature was written in the language of mathematics Ever since science has struggled to express the laws of the universe in equations It Must Be Beautiful is a celebration of the elegance and yes the beauty of these equations with essays from distinguished scientists such as Robert May and John Maynard Smith Physics features strongly but there are also excellent pieces on the role of equations in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in chaos theory and even in ecology Mathematics is a language that many of us to our shame cannot understand As Sir Roger Penrose admits in his essay on general relativity many people are intimidated by equations His advice is to skip the ones in this book and read on returning later when you have grasped the concepts As someone who struggled even with O-level maths I found this advice invaluable But it is certainly worth going back later and making the extra effort for this is a book that can open your eyes to new worlds and new ways of seeing Einstein a great believer in the beauty of equations spoke of the common ground between science and the arts in 1923 After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved science and art tend to coalesce in aesthetics plasticity and form The greatest scientists are always artists as well We all know about the great pioneers of modernism in the arts Picasso Woolf Schoenberg But few have more than a superficial grasp of what scientists such as Einstein Planck and Niels Bohr were discovering at the same time It Must Be Beautiful makes one thing clear if you want to understand what was happening in the 20th century then you cannot ignore the scientists - or their equations In each of these essays
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA