jueves, 18 de octubre de 2007

Paul Dirac on real beauty

It is more important to have beauty in ones's equations than to have them fit experience... It seems that if ones is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress.

Paul Dirac, "The evolution of the physicist's picture of nature"

The foundations of the theory [de la Relatividad General] are, I believe, stronger than that what one could get simply from the support of experimental evidence. The real foundations come from the great beauty of the theory... It is the essential beauty of the theory which I feel is the real reason for believing it.

Paul Dirac, en Einstein: the First Hundred Years

Tomado de
The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Mathematics,
de David Wells

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