Mathematicians Love Equations the Way Others Love Art
All those numbers and squiggles add up to beauty for math experts, according to a new study. Researchers at University College London analyzed mathematicians’ neurological responses to a variety of equations with an fMRI scanner and found that seeing a “beautiful” equation caused an increased activity in the A1 field of the medial orbitofrontal cortex. That region is connected to emotional responses for music or art. The complex study demonstrates that, for mathematicians, an equation’s song can be as moving as a prima donna’s.