Math and the Muse

Math is measurable, but the muse is immeasurable.
The sculptor Polykleitos created one of the first systems to visually “measure” beauty.
It was based on units of measurement and counter balancing structures. He invented
the idea of contrapposto around 2,000 years ago… The Aesthetics of the Golden Ratio
were known then too. But, is beauty measurable?

There are many ways to measure beauty, usually all there colored in geometric progressions,
“in the math”, but the muse is subtle and temperamental. Too much order (and too much disorder)
upset her. The math is there, but the muse will have us disguise it so we can
continue thinking, feeling and willing.

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