I’m struggling with the concepts of aesthetic, beauty and symmetry!
Here is a crystal with an elegant design, a well-balanced symmetry, a rational and solid positioning of the atoms within the structure – and yet the outcome is a dull grey little powder that barely reflects light or color.
Could it be that mathematical beauty exists in an abstract world we created for ourselves and that Nature shows us differently? Graphite could be a good example of this dichotomy.
The question then is how do we reconcile our idea of beauty with what’s the real world is made of – and find a meaningful aesthetic outcome in doing so?