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Monday, December 03, 2018

The most beautiful and important mathematical equations | Feature - ZME Science

Here are some of the most famous equations, from the ancient Greeks to modern physics, explains Mihai Andrei, Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science.  

Math is more of a marathon than a sprint — it’s a long, slow and steady grind, with rare moments of breakthrough. Still, once in a while, we do get those prized “Eureka” moments, those short lines of letters and numbers which change science forever.

Pythagora’s theorem (530 BC)
This is pretty one of the foundating pillars all geometry: in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite to the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two. The theory is generally attributed to the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, though there is some evidence that Babylonian mathematicians understood the formula. It’s also very possible that the theorem was known by many people, but he was the first to prove it.

The theorem has been given numerous proofs — possibly the most for any mathematical theorem. They are very diverse, including both geometric proofs and algebraic proofs, with some dating back thousands of years.

Source: ZME Science