I just learned that this blog-hosting site (WordPress.com) has added LaTeX functionality to its text features. So in honor of God’s Sabbath, I thought that I would close today before I drop off to sleep (which may have already happened without my knowledge, actually) by paying humble homage to His creation by posting one of it’s most elegant (IMHO) features:
[Hopefully your browser is able to display that. Less cleanly, it should say e ^ (i π) + 1 = 0, where “^” indicates “raised to the power of”.]
When I learned of this great truth I was giddy, and it has been my favorite equation ever since. My wife made it a part of the design of my “groom’s cake” at our wedding (which was lovingly designed as a teacher’s chalkboard, with the equation spelled out in white icing “chalk”). For me, it is one of the brightest, golden bricks in the wall of evidence that mathematical concepts are not invented by men, but instead are designed by God and merely discovered & explored by men. The mathematical symbols we use are simply the language we have devised to explain the mathematical truths we have discovered.
I feel another series of geeky posts in the works… I know that many mathematicians recognize the inherent beauty of this equation (Jerry P. King uses it to illustrate his definition of beauty in mathematics in The Art of Mathematics), but most others would have no idea what’s so special about it. Perhaps next week I will try to explain. Or, perhaps after I have gotten some sleep this will seem like a bad idea. I think I will let my pillow decide. Good night, Gracie, and I hope everyone has a wonderful and meaningful Sabbath.