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Senior Honors Project

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Beauty is an important part of our lives. Consequently, it is no surprise that we are interested in our experiences and judgments of it. What makes something beautiful? The arts and nature are considered vessels of beauty, but could mathematics be as well? Can it influence our perception of what is beautiful? This paper offers insights into how mathematics influences our perception of what is beautiful. The philosophies of aesthetics and mathematics are briefly discussed, followed by a consideration of how the presence of such mathematical structures as proportion, symmetry and perspective can significantly influence our perception of beauty in the arts. With these mathematical structures as a foundation, this paper highlights selected works of visual art and music considered to be masterpieces, and thus, exemplars of beauty.