## Truth and Beauty: Aesthetics and Motivations in Science"What a splendid book! Reading it is a joy, and for me, at least, continuing reading it became compulsive. . . . Chandrasekhar is a distinguished astrophysicist and every one of the lectures bears the hallmark of all his work: precision, thoroughness, lucidity."—Sir Hermann Bondi, NatureThe late S. Chandrasekhar was best known for his discovery of the upper limit to the mass of a white dwarf star, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983. He was the author of many books, including The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes and, most recently,Newton's Principia for the Common Reader. |

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#### Truth and beauty: aesthetics and motivations in science

User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictMathematicians often use the term elegant to describe a particularly creative theorem or proof. In these seven lectures originally presented between 1946 and 1985, a Nobel laureate in physics examines ... Read full review

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Its Motivations 1985 | 15 |

Shakespeare Newton and Beethoven or Patterns of Creativity 1975 | 29 |

4 Beauty and the Quest for Beauty in Science 1979 | 59 |

Edward Arthur Milne His Part in the Development of Modern Astrophysics 1979 | 74 |

1982 Eddington The Most Distinguished Astrophysicist of His Time | 93 |

The Aesthetic Base of the General Theory of Relativity 1986 | 144 |

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