5 May through 29 June 2017
University Library entrance hall,
Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem,
Monday through Friday 09:00–20:00
What Is „Beautiful“ Mathematics?
In creating the „Concinnitas“ portfolio, Bob Feldman and the Parasol Press, in collaboration with the Yale University Art Gallery, transposed a series of hand-written mathematical formulas into ten aquatint prints.
The portfolio provides insight into different concepts of beauty: Ten of the most outstanding mathematicians and physicists of our time have given their personal answers to the request to present the „most beautiful mathematical expression.“ The Fields Medal and Nobel prize laureates' perceptions touch on various aspects; they range from simplicity to elegance and to universality (compare: http://www.concinnitasproject.org/).
According to Cicero's Orator, the rhetorical category of concinnitas is about the harmonious and rhythmical joining of words and thoughts. Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), in his architectural treatise De re aedificatoria, uses the term to refer to harmony in number, correlation and arrangement of the parts of a building.
In cooperation with the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, the Freie Universität Berlin University Library presents the ten prints of formulas showing concinnitas in the entrance hall. They are complemented by books related to „mathematis and aesthetics“ from the Freie Universität libraries – among which a 1574 edition of De re aedificatoria from the Freie Universität Berlin Art History Institute's library.
Everybody is welcome to join the official presentation of the exhibiton on Wednesday, 31.05.2017, 18:00 h. After the official welcome by Jiří Kende, director of the University Library, Constance Aehling (Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London) and Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler (Institute of Mathematics, FU Berlin) will introduce the topic.