DANA W. ATCHLEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Elegance is an attribute which stimulates a variety of responses. Its wide spectrum of meaning renders precise definition somewhat difficult, for its usage has developed far beyond its Latin root, to select. This discussion of elegance assumes that it is a quality which evokes unexpected and attentive admiration and is the result of discriminative selection, a definition embracing the wide range between a tastefully ornate costume, an exceptionally neat scientific experiment and a brilliantly original concept. An exchange student from Greece, writing in The American Scientist on "Simplicity and Elegance in Theoretical Physics," defined elegance as "the principle that postulates
ATCHLEY DW. THE USES OF ELEGANCE1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;52:881–889. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-4-881
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;52(4):881-889.
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