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Can Mathematics Make Us Emotional?

I believe that there is Math in Music but I find hard to understand that it elicits reaction similar to great art since Math is cold logic while Music is basically emotional

'Mathematicians were shown "ugly" and "beautiful" equations while in a brain scanner at University College London.

'The same emotional brain centres used to appreciate art were being activated by "beautiful" maths.

'The researchers suggest there may be a neurobiological basis to beauty.

'The likes of Euler's identity or the Pythagorean identity are rarely mentioned in the same breath as the best of Mozart, Shakespeare and Van Gogh.

'The study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience gave 15 mathematicians 60 formula to rate...'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26151062

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  • Mar 17 2014: Of course it can. We don't hear them mentioned with Mozart, Shakespeare and Van Gogh because it's an art much less shared than the others. Art much less accessible. The same goes for science in general. It's art too. It elicits emotions too. Only logical art, and less accessible (or less accessed) by most people.
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      Mar 18 2014: Good point Entropy. That Math is more accessible than all other disciplines.

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