Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 April 2010

304 Pages | A number of black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199578627

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Elegance in Science

The beauty of simplicity

Ian Glynn

  • Emphasizes the important role that elegance plays in science
  • Considers elegance as a fundamental aspect of the beauty and imagination involved in scientific activity
  • Uses historical examples from a range of sciences to demonstrate the principle of elegance, such as the discovery of DNA
  • Relates to important philosophical issues related to inference of best explanation, and warns not to rely on beauty and simplicity alone - elegant explanations can also be wrong

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