Is beauty measurable?

Scientists are looking for a formula for the esthetic measure

Is beauty measurable? MPG
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About taste can be argued, on the one hand. On the other hand, there are universal design principles, such as the Golden Ratio, to which we can communicate. But why do we find a poem or an aria, a picture or even a car nice? There is not much more to it than guesses - so far. Scientists at the 12th Berlin Colloquium of the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundations are now looking for a formula for the aesthetic dimension and also discuss the laws of beauty.

"What is missing so far is an empirical study of the aesthetic properties, ie the search for arguments that scientifically justify the aesthetics of an object - as well as regularities of other conditions of our world, " says Wolfgang Klein, linguist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Dutch Nijmegen.

The design principle of the golden section is used in the fine arts as well as in the architecture or in the construction of musical instruments. The US mathematician George David Birkhoff developed in 1933 a formula for the aesthetic dimension. In the new field of attractiveness research, hypotheses have been made as to why which face looks beautiful to us. But "what has so far been found in universal aesthetic design criteria is quite trivial, " Klein points out.

Discuss approaches together

The 12th Berlin Colloquium of the Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Foundation, which will take place on May 7, 2008 in the Academy of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, will bring together for the first time experts from music, literature and art studies, mathematics, psychology and the Neuroscience and product design together to bundle the isolated approaches of an empirical investigation of aesthetic laws and discuss together.

Research in these disciplines also plays an important role in medicine - for example, for patient-specific mathematical surgical planning in plastic surgery. display

(MPG, 06.05.2008 - DLO)