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# A Most Elegant Equation: Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics

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**An award-winning science writer introduces us to mathematics using the extraordinary equation that unites five of mathematics' most important numbers**

Bertrand Russell wrote that mathematics can exalt "as surely as poetry." This is especially true of one equation: ei(pi) + 1 = 0, the brainchild of Leonhard Euler, the Mozart of mathematics. More than two centuries after Euler ...more

Hardcover, 240 pages

Published
November 7th 2017
by Basic Books

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Not long ago I read Robin Wilson' Euler's Pioneering Equation, which started really well with some good history of maths on the main components of the equation, but then became too complex for the typica ...more

*Mathematics textbooks call it Euler’s formula. But some people feel that that name is too mundane for what is arguably math’s most magnetic truth, as well as one of its most startling, and so they all it God’s Equation*

**What is the book about?**

A Most Elegant Equation: Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics is written by David Stipp.

This book explores the history of this equation as well as the beauty of mathematics. This is a book for us to sit ba ...more

I was fifteen when I became familiar with the equation on the cover (don’t ask!) and sure enough I recall it fully, so I had high hopes for ...more

The last chapter was a bit of a switch. He discusses if mat ...more

This book had the perfect amount of hand-holding for the lay person, and I took great relief when near ...more

"Today, Euler's formula is a tool as basic to electrical engineers and ...more

(For what it’s worth: this is coming from a STEM professional for whom numeric notation sometimes feels more native than English)

I recommend getting the actual book as I had some trouble with the equations being read. But interestingly Euler probably wouldn’t have any trouble with non-visual mathematics.

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“The association of multiplication with vector rotation was one of the geometric interpretation's most important elements because it decisively connected the imaginaries with rotary motion. As we'll see, that was a big deal.”
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“If you were given to thinking of numbers as having human-like qualities, you might picture e^i*pi as a guru into transcendental meditation who'd achieved infinite enlightenment. But there's a problem with that-Euler's formula shows that e^i*pi can never free itslef from worldly concerns. Recall, e^i*pi is really -1 in disguise, and -1 is just a mathism for owing a dollar to your friend, Steve. One hand clapping.”
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