For Our Mathematical Pleasure Jim Henle, Editor ometimes mathematical structures are designed to please. They are brought into this world not to serve S but to charm. They live not only because they are true but also because they intrigue. They demand attention JIM HENLE because they excite wonder and delight. Mathematics that is pleasurable is not new. But I think that something has changed in the last hundred years or so. Mathematics created speciﬁcally to please gets more This is a column about the mathematical structures that attention today. And there seem to be more mathematicians (and others) whose private and public joy has been the give us pleasure. Usefulness is irrelevant. Signiﬁcance, pleasure of their mathematical creations. It is this phe- nomenon—the compelling mathematical structures, the depth, even truth are optional. If something appears in people who found them, and the society that appreciates them—that is the focus of this column. this column, it’s because it’s intriguing, or lovely, or just I’ll set the stage today by talking a little about mathe- fun. Moreover, it is so intended. matical structures, about mathematical pleasure, and about intention. Then I’ll show you something unexpected. To the world, mathematical expertise
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