The Dynamics of Beauty

  • Giuseppe O. Longo
Conference paper


The debate on the “two cultures” is regaining strength as we approach the 50th anniversary of Charles P. Snow’s famous lecture entitled precisely The Two Cultures. The opposition between scientific culture and humanistic culture has sometimes assumed overheated and almost grotesque tones. Actually, the relationships between the so-called two cultures are very tight and their scopes and aims are closer than one can suppose. First, they meet in, and are produced by, human beings; and, second, they share the goal of seeking adequate and meaningful representations and models of the world and of man. Although they speak different languages and one is driven by tendentially objective and communicative goals and the other by subjective and expressive goals, finally both turn out to be intersubjective. I would like to put forward some considerations on beauty in the hope that it turns out to be a bridge between the two cultures.


Golden Ratio Fibonacci Sequence Mathematical Character Unreasonable Effectiveness Beautiful Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe O. Longo
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica e InformaticaUniversità degli Studi di TriesteItaly

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