“People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.” https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2014/feb/mathematical-beauty-activates-same-brain-region-great-art-or-music

The research project discussed in the article above used MRIs to gain an understanding of the possible links between mathematical and artistic beauty.

The first sentence of May 2020 Prescribed Title #1 is focused on people who observe something and have questions about their observations. A TOK on this Prescribed Title and this RLE could discuss how researchers have seen links between mathematical and artistic beauty. This MRI research project is an attempt to answer the question about “why” the links exist.

The second sentence May 2020 Prescribed Title #1 is oriented towards people who are looking at possibilities that do not yet exist and ask why they have not been attempted yet.

Consider the phrase “research and development.” Scientists (or others) who focus on sentence #1 of May 2020 Prescribed Title #1 are focused on “research.” Scientists who focus on sentence #2 of May 2020 Prescribed Title #1 are focused on “development.” This is of course a simplification of the complexity of many “research and development” projects but the Prescribed Title itself is a simplification of how knowledge is produced.

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