According to the British philosopher and logician Bertrand Russell, “mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.” As evidence, we offer the Concinnitas collection, based on a 2014 portfolio of fine art prints depicting what ten world-renowned mathematicians and physicists (including five recipients of the prestigious Fields Medal and two Nobel Prize winners) consider their “most beautiful” mathematical expressions. Taking its title from a word used by Renaissance-era philosopher Leon Battista Alberti to connote geometric balance in visual artworks, the Concinnitas collection is a limited edition of 100 sets of ten individually numbered Double Old Fashioned glasses, each featuring a sandblasted replica of a handwritten expression by Michael Atiyah, Enrico Bombieri, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Richard Karp, Peter Lax, David Mumford, Stephen Smale, or Steven Weinberg.
Each set also includes detailed explanatory statements written by the equations’ authors, as well as a certificate of authenticity. These fascinating and intriguing visual objects will appeal not only to mathematicians and physicists but also to anyone who appreciates fine design. The fact that they were created by an elite group of the world’s most advanced thinkers adds to their value as an unusual conversation piece, and their limited availability makes them highly collectible.
The Double Old Fashioned is perhaps the most versatile glass in any barware set, it is perfect for whiskey or any other on-the-rocks beverage.
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