A Beautiful Question

A Beautiful Question

Finding Nature's Deep Design


A Nobel Prize-winning physicist argues that beauty is the fundamental organizing principle for the entire universe

In this scientific tour de force, world-class physicist Frank Wilczek argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe. As the quest to find the beauty embodied in the universe has connected all scientific pursuit, from Pythagoras to Einstein, Wilczek shows us just how deeply intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our understanding of the cosmos. A Beautiful Question is a mind-expanding book combining the age-old human quest for beauty with the age-old human quest for truth.


  • A truly beautiful book ... Why do physicists call their theories beautiful? Immerse yourself in this book, wallow in it, sit back and relax as you wander through it, and you'll soon understand.
    Richard Muller, author of Physics for Future Presidents

About the author

Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004. He is the prize-winning author of numerous books, including A Beautiful Question and Longing for the Harmonies. Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT; founding director of the T. D. Lee Institute and chief scientist of the Wilczek Quantum Center in Shanghai; and a distinguished professor at Arizona State and Stockholm universities.
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