"Mathematicians admire proofs that are ingenious. But mathematicians especially admire proofs that are ingenious and economical--lean, spare arguments that cut directly to the heart of the matter and achieve their objectives with a striking immediacy. Such proofs are said to be elegant.

"Mathematical elegance is not unlike that of other creative enterprises. It has much in common with the artistic elegance of a Monet canvas that depicts a French landscape with a few deft brushstrokes or a haiku poem that says more than its words. Elegance is ultimately an aesthetic, not a mathematical, property." William Dunham

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