[Euler’s formula] is the most remarkable formula in mathematics.Richard feynman
Now I know what you might be thinking – what place does a video on a mathematical equation have in a poetry blog? Well, in my mind, there is no dividing line between intellectual subjects; they all blend into one cohesive gestalt: knowledge. Furthermore, I consider mathematics as yet another expression of limitless human creativity. I see poetic beauty in the ability of mathematics to represent the wondrous enigmas of our universe: the simplicity and eloquence of Pythagoras’s theorems and Euler’s formulae are to mathematics as Shakespeare’s sonnets and Hemingway’s short stories are to writing.
As I explain in my video, mathematics is the language of the universe, and we can master it to create the most exquisite expressions of the very conscious of the universe. That to me is poetry.
The mathematical identity in question is Euler’s most famous: e(iπ) +1 = 0. The true power of the identity lies in its application to trigonometry and to complex numbers. In my video, I hope to share my love of mathematics in its most profound and elegant sense to the world. You may watch it below, and I hope you enjoy!