Rob always makes fun of me when I open up his books and ogle the intimidating equations that appear on nearly every page, but I can't help but be impressed that there are people in the world who can look at stuff like this and use it to explain many complex and beautiful aspects of our universe. In fact, to those versed in the language, such equations and the ideas behind them can be molded like a piece of clay into a physical or mathematical idea that possesses beauty and elegance analogous to any of the greatest works of art by Leonardo Da Vinci or Auguste Rodin. Here is a link to an enlightening essay on the topic by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. I wish I'd read something like this in high school before I got scared away from mathematics.
Here's one of the citations...pretty cool eh:)