Friday, May 9, 2014

I ... love maths

For those who say maths only simulates what the universe is.

Euler’s identity

An arbitrary and abstract equality but simple, balanced - almost poetic.

For me it says maths isn’t a self-fulfilling abstraction of the real world but has its own validity.

Three basic mathematical operations: addition, multiplication and exponentiation
Two transcendental/irrational numbers: pi and e
THE natural number and multiplicative identity: 1
The additive identity: 0
And the imaginary number: i (or j)

pi derived from the trigonometric proportions of circles

e derived from exponential growth (compound interest) =

 1 + 1/1 + 1/(1*2) + 1/(1*2*3) …

Aaah – the life of the mind.