michael atiyah

Magic numbers: can maths equations be beautiful?
The concept of beauty underpins how mathematicians solve quantum theory or describe gravity. From E=mc² to string theory, mathematical beauty has led physicists to draw up some of the most compelling descriptions of reality
By Ian Sample

The beautifulness of Mathematics, by itself, and by its interconnection with Nature.

Beauty is the torch you hold up in the belief that it will lead you to truth in the end. Michael Atiyah.

Algebra is the offer made by the devil to the mathematician. The devil says: I will give you this powerful machine, it will answer any question you like. All you need to do is give me your soul: give up geometry and you will have this marvelous machine.
—  Sir Michael Atiyah
No one fully understands spinors. Their algebra is formally understood but their general significance is mysterious. In some sense they describe the ‘square root’ of geometry and, just as understanding the square root of -1 took centuries, the same might be true of spinors.
—  Michael Atiyah