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Aug 18, 2014
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Richard Feynman on THE BEAUTY OF A FLOWER
I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say...
Friend: Look how beautiful it is!
And I'll agree. Then he says...
Friend: I as an artist can see how beautiful this is...
...but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing. 
SUNFLOWER 
HELIANTHUS ANNOUS
AND I THINK THAT HE'S KIND OF NUTTY. 
First of all...
...the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. 
Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is...
...I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. 
AT THE SAME TIME, I SEE MUCH MORE ABOUT THE FLOWER THAN HE SEES. 
I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. 
H2O CO2
Photosynthesis
Energy 
Oxygen
H2O Molecule
Yay, we can breathe! 
I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimetre. There’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. 
Mmmm…sweet, sweet nectar. 
That stuff ain’t free! Carry my pollen to another flower. 
Sheesh, a ‘please’ would be nice. 
OK, here we go…
Success! 
The fact that the colours in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting. It means that insects can see the colour. 
It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? 
FERMAT’S SPIRAL r=cvn
0=nx137*508*
Golden Angle 5
Bee: Look how beautiful it is!
All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. 
Richard: IT ONLY ADDS. 
Richard: I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW IT SUBTRACTS. 
- Richard Feynman
Sep 1, 2014
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