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When presented with two equally good theories, scientists often prefer the more beautiful. Does this mean that more beautiful theories are also more likely to be true? That, as Keats wrote, beauty is truth, and truth beauty? Does this tell us anything about the nature of reality? And what does this mean for science and art and how they inform one another? Artist Adrian Holme and philosopher Milena Ivanova discuss the nature of beauty and reflect on the symbiotic relationship between art and science.
Jonathan Birch, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE
Organized in conjunction with the Forum for Philosophy