*Aesthetics, Mathematics and Philosophy: Is there an Intersection?*

Juliet Floyd, Boston University

09:00-09:30 Thursday April 4

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I shall explore some of the difficulties surrounding talk of aesthetics (or taste) in mathematics. The focus will be on the notion of simplicity. 1) Shall we take "simple", as a term of criticism, to be truly "aesthetic"? 2) Can simplicity be considered *epistemologically* relevant? 3) How systematic do we take mathematicians' and artist's uses of this notion to be? 4) What might it mean, philosophically, to regard mathematical structures, concepts, and objects as aesthetic objects? I approach these questions through discussion of relevant works and remarks by Kant, Wittgenstein, Sheffer, Gödel, Turing, Mel Bochner, and Fred Sandback.

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