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Definitions: (1) appreciative of and responsive to beauty; (2) sensitive to art and attractiveness;  artistic; (3) an authority in matters of good taste; (4) prone to cultivate and indulge in the beautiful


Beyond the logical standards, there were aesthetic questions. New developments in physics always gave you, first, a logical structure that was more elegant. Second, once you understood it, the structure was non only elegant, it was simpler. Third, from the structure came consequences that were more complex than before. There was not choice between beauty and truth, really. You had to wind up with both.

— Gregory Benford (1941 -) American Astrophysicist and Author, Timescape