Poetry is like music to the mind,
functional magnetic resonance imaging reveals
I came across this simple title for an article on Science Daily while researching for a small presentation. The contents of the article was definitely to my interest, however another thing that intrigued me was the title in itself. The first part of this statement seems to me to be beautiful. It even seems like something I would define as well crafted. Yet the second half of the sentence spoiled everything for me. It was as if I was cruelly ripped out of a dazed dreamland and back into reality. It may seem very odd that I am describing my feelings about this simple statement. However, this statement in itself echoes the content of the article, namely, how arts and science converge. Perhaps it evoked a dream like feeling for me because of my identification with poetry and how I use it to express myself. Still, even if you do not agree with me on the beauty I see in it, the first part of the sentence mainly focuses on the arts such as poetry and music. The simile of comparing poetry to music and the alliteration of music and mind made the clause even more poetic and beautiful. However, the second clause seems rather abrupt and definitely very scientific since it states an experimental method. Ironically, even this short reflection on the statement is a convergence of arts and science; an expression of the beauty I found in it and a rather scientific explanation for it.
On a side note, this is another article I came across, which also explains why I feel mathematics can be also be beautiful. No wonder mathematicians describe proofs as “elegant”.
Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music