5 Greatest Discoveries in Mathematics #1
This equation, known as Euler’s Identity, is both stunning in its beauty and deceiving in its simplicity. For those unfamiliar with the symbols, here refers to Euler’s Number, the base of the natural logarithm and equal to approximately 2.718, and refers to the imaginary number.
Even if this equation looks like nonsense, take a moment to revel in the fact that with just seven symbols Euler’s identity manages to link five of the most important yet seemingly disparate constants in mathematics.
It is beyond me to adequately describe in words the profundity of the connections within mathematics that this identity encapsulates so I leave it to those much more qualified. The great physicist Richard Feynman called the identity “one of the most remarkable, almost astounding, formulas in all of mathematics” and mathematics professor Keith Devlin said like a “painting that brings out the beauty of the human form that is far more than just skin deep, Euler’s Equation reaches down into the very depths of existence.” Now if that doesn’t send chills up your spine I’d check your pulse.