The article opens with this quote from A Mathematician's Apology (see p. 14) by G. H. Hardy: Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place
in the world for ugly mathematics.
Today I'm puzzling over what "beauty" means . . .
The Chiasson-Rogers article then goes on to connect beauty with Euclid by quoting the opening line from a sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay; here is the entire text of Millay's imaginative and thoughtful stanza:
|by Edna St. Vincent Millay|