“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 basis of May 2021 TOK essay Prescribed Title #1 is an investigation of whether or knowledge claims must involve “trust.” This RLE has some key links to trust:

  • The level of trust that can be given to new groundbreaking research that has not had as much scrutiny as more established research
  • Trust in a subjective judgement as to what a “aesthetically pleasing formula” is
  • Trust that the media’s reporting of the research is accurate – sometimes media reports of research exaggerates the findings