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.

## Friday, May 9, 2014

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