Michio Kaku – How is Mathematics Truth and Beauty?

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When mathematicians speak about their craft, why do they use terms of philosophy and art? What is it about mathematics that can penetrate trivial truth and reveal fundamental “Truth?” What are the characteristics of fundamental truth? What is it about mathematics that can elicit the description “beautiful”? Mathematical beauty is not always simple, not always symmetrical — but it is always revelatory.

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Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York of City University of New York, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics; he has made frequent appearances on radio, television, and film; and he writes extensive online blogs and articles. He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011).

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Jui Pora says:

Isn't consciousness exactly this kind of self-referential system, and that's why we have trouble understanding quantum mechanics, because when we observe it, it's like universe observing itself.

Jui Pora says:

Physicists speak about big bang as if it's a given, but no one has the slightest clue wth actually was at the beginning, if you can even call it big bang, and what was before it. Only someone like Penrose actually answers this in a logical way.

ZaheedaNaheedya says:

Beauty is found in the hidden complexity of simplicity.

John Burnham says:

Wait how could Kaku hold that all mathematical postulates are probably finite when the incompleteness theorem says you can always have unprovably true statements, thus new postulates?

Tom says:

The Japanese aesthetic of beauty is balanced asymmetry. This is how brush painting and calligraphy are evaluated for beauty. Symmetry was a Greek ideal of beauty. I agree with the Japanese ideal, because balanced asymmetry reflects the open-endedness of nature, like a growing plant, whereas symmetry is static and finite.

Amanda Anderson says:

One person talks about their belief of how they perceive beauty in a confident way and many people lose their grip on reality and are hell bent on proving him wrong.
The man can speak on his point of view and on facts in the same conversation. Both can exist at the same time and create no other effect than your personal confusion as to why other people don't fit into your ridged way of thinking. Seriously some of you need to relax.

Eye Of The Thriver says:

3:40 the what principle?

Janko says:

If Symmetry is beauty how do you explain playing out of a musical scale, a symmetry in things like fashion and even flaws of the human although minor I still seen people swoon over then. I guess we are all masochist to some degree

MathExplorer says:

He is right in every word. We also, exploring mathematics for high grades

MB 2020 says:

Jesus christ never told a lie. Kuku has told many. Do not idolize his intelligence it makes you seem lesser and you will become disappointed unjustly

kwijung says:

You're interviewing this fraud?

michael hall says:

I think your a wonderful scientist. One of the best; but I think, though necessary to explain things, mathematics masks the wonder upon which it was created

Hussein Nur says:

I see people struggling to understand this, and complain that this is all baloney. You simply dont get it, doesnt mean that its false though.

mehmet demir says:

mathematical beauty does not come from symmetry, it comes from simplicity. although the resulting graphic can seem complex like fractals, if the formula of that graphic is simple, it is also beautiful. even if the graphic seems immensely chaotic and complex, if the formula of that graphic is simple, it is beautiful because such chaotic behavior can be represented with such a simple formula.

another thing to say, mathematic and logic are the same thing. they can not be separated.

Assaf Wodeslavsky says:

0:25 Beeping background

Chris C says:

Sick old men distorting the relevance of a non mathematical purpose and the eternal order of things.

Mohit Sood says:

If b=beauty, t=truth,






Value Is Leading Example .

Samuel Pak says:

Sorry, but I don't trust scientists to speak on behalf of mathematics. Right when he said mathematics is counting, I immediately disregarded everything.

Thomas Ridley says:

Finally a show i have no problem with.

pretty sure says:

I just wanna eat, fuck, and sleep.

Grand unified celery says:

Beauty is symmetry. Truth is logic. Mathematics is counting.

neil u says:

michio is awesome! micho, please add your brainpower to fusion research 🙂

Richard Masters says:

I agree mathematics is beautiful, but it can’t prove all ‘truths’ because all truths are not necessarily ‘logical’.

Trong Huynh says:

Why are they talking in an empty garage parking lot

k a f k a says:

The origin of beauty…:
" You have visitors….:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9V78UbdzWI "

Usman Sheikh says:

Too much math is Santanic.

Global Digital Direct Subsidiarity Democracy says:

What is this location?

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