“For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect, and is the work of a most wise Creator, nothing whatsoever takes place in the universe in which some relation of maximum and minimum does not appear.”
― Leonhard Euler
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization officiallly declared the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) a pandemic. But, fear not, this is not yet another opinionated response on the failing of society and the end of times. This is all about Mathematics!
Note: Go to the original story for interactive plots and math.
Curiously enough, the numbers might help us…
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.”
― Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy
In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought”.
In this series, we will set foot on the universe of mathematical reasoning and how its theories shape and unravel the intricacy our modern world.
This article was originally posted on my own site.
“The Answer to the Great Question… Of Life, the Universe and Everything… Is… Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Knowledge is power. What are the most powerful and meaningful questions one can ask?
Unfortunately, as Adams’ Deep Thought super computer tells us, we don’t actually know what that questions are.
But what’s fascinating about 42?
Computers can only understand numbers. There are different numerical representations for characters, such as ASCIII and Unicode, so every machine can translate codes into readable text.
For example, 065 translates into A.
I’m a mathematician who’s passionate about learning and creating a positive impact on people’s lives one algorithm at a time.