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When I write general level books (or posts on this page), I generally avoid equations as most people are more comfortable with plain English.  But equations are beautiful. Within a few symbols, equations can capture deep mathematical truths or far reaching aspects of the physical universe. Here are 3 of my favorites. The first equation is amazing: in a single simple expression it ties together three basic mathematical constructs: Pi, i (the square root of -1), and e (the base for natural logarithms). The second are the Einstein Field Equations from General Relativity, which relate the curvature of space-time (left hand side of equation) to the distribution of energy-momentum in space-time. The third is, well, one of those equations that makes your jaw drop. It is a formula for Pi that was discovered by the singular mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan.  Even if you don’t understand all the symbols, it is worth now and then seeing the language that we’ve found, at least so far, to be the most powerful in grasping the architecture of reality. —BG
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cab1729:

When I write general level books (or posts on this page), I generally avoid equations as most people are more comfortable with plain English.

But equations are beautiful. Within a few symbols, equations can capture deep mathematical truths or far reaching aspects of the physical universe. Here are 3 of my favorites.

The first equation is amazing: in a single simple expression it ties together three basic mathematical constructs: Pi, i (the square root of -1), and e (the base for natural logarithms).

The second are the Einstein Field Equations from General Relativity, which relate the curvature of space-time (left hand side of equation) to the distribution of energy-momentum in space-time.

The third is, well, one of those equations that makes your jaw drop. It is a formula for Pi that was discovered by the singular mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Even if you don’t understand all the symbols, it is worth now and then seeing the language that we’ve found, at least so far, to be the most powerful in grasping the architecture of reality.

—BG

www.twitter.com/bgreene

via Brian Greene

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A Photon’s tale
Text of the poem:On through the vastness of silent darknessof space and time I travel;The warm cauldron of my starry home,long since I bid farewell.The photon’s journey is never trivial,for I carry the tales of stars;So as I approach this planet EarthI had almost gathered mass.Curious place this Earth I hear,Of water and life and seasons,I came to know, as a I draw even nearOf humans, who could reason.O humans, with such wonderful minds,Will you hear the tales I bring,Of nebulae and quasars and distant suns,Doppler shifted for added zing!Or would you quiver and cover yourself,Fearing eclipses and giant snakes in the skies;Letting superstition take over your mindas your critical faculty slowly dies?And so as I descend on my final fall,You worry too much, I hear myself sayThe beauty is lost, the beholder gone, forHardly anyone looks up anyway. 

A Photon’s tale

Text of the poem:

On through the vastness of silent darkness
of space and time I travel;
The warm cauldron of my starry home,
long since I bid farewell.

The photon’s journey is never trivial,
for I carry the tales of stars;
So as I approach this planet Earth
I had almost gathered mass.

Curious place this Earth I hear,
Of water and life and seasons,
I came to know, as a I draw even near
Of humans, who could reason.

O humans, with such wonderful minds,
Will you hear the tales I bring,
Of nebulae and quasars and distant suns,
Doppler shifted for added zing!

Or would you quiver and cover yourself,
Fearing eclipses and giant snakes in the skies;
Letting superstition take over your mind
as your critical faculty slowly dies?

And so as I descend on my final fall,
You worry too much, I hear myself say
The beauty is lost, the beholder gone, for
Hardly anyone looks up anyway. 

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Beauty beyond the obvious

Beauty beyond the obvious