This is one of my peak experiences; beauty is central to the scientific process and to art. I know that beauty is in dispute in art and that the common perception of science is: logic, mathematics and experiment. My experience is that beauty is central to what we do as scientists. In my case a chemist.
I remember, a Saturday afternoon, alone in the lab distilling two isomers of trimethylnitrobenzene; a beautiful yellow/orange crystal formed. I collected two fractions, the two isomers I was preparing.
Beauty; an intense experience I remember almost 25 years on.
My experience is, beauty is central in science and in art.
This video is Richard Feynman on his experience of beauty in science.