## Most interesting/beautiful math

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### Most interesting/beautiful math

Hi all,

Let me preface this post briefly. I am not a math person. see? I told you I would keep it brief.

That said, my question for you is simple. What math do you find most interesting / most beautiful. I've decided to teach myself some math for fun and I'm interested in your opinions. (Or, more accurately, I will have one of my math genius friends tutor me).

discuss!

Let me preface this post briefly. I am not a math person. see? I told you I would keep it brief.

That said, my question for you is simple. What math do you find most interesting / most beautiful. I've decided to teach myself some math for fun and I'm interested in your opinions. (Or, more accurately, I will have one of my math genius friends tutor me).

discuss!

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What kind of math does your "genius" friend know? (What level)

What level of math have you studied upto now?

Number theory as a whole is super awsome, but many fields are also super connected.

Don't expect to learn "math" on a white board in a day though.

What level of math have you studied upto now?

Number theory as a whole is super awsome, but many fields are also super connected.

Don't expect to learn "math" on a white board in a day though.

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i really haven't the faintest clue. he was doing graduate level mathematics as a sophmore is just about all that i know, and for my purposes, his knowledge if almost limitless.

this isn't to say that he'll be the first to find a unified theory, just that in comparison to me, he's pretty sharp.

as for me, i've had highschool math. (up through a little bit of calculus). i also do not expect to learn anything in its entirety very quickly, as it's merely something i'm doing when i'm tired of writing philosophy essays. but since i'm only doing it for fun, i would rather study something interesting than something ugly and boring.

i don't mind hard, but i do mind boring.

this isn't to say that he'll be the first to find a unified theory, just that in comparison to me, he's pretty sharp.

as for me, i've had highschool math. (up through a little bit of calculus). i also do not expect to learn anything in its entirety very quickly, as it's merely something i'm doing when i'm tired of writing philosophy essays. but since i'm only doing it for fun, i would rather study something interesting than something ugly and boring.

i don't mind hard, but i do mind boring.

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Euler's Identity. 'Nuff said.

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Token wrote:Yeah, there's plenty of awesome stuff in maths. For example, the fact that the least positive root of sin(x) is equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Scratches head. Scratches armpit. Thinks Token is a hell of a lot smarter than me. Continues with reply to a topic I'm not sure I'm qualifed. And yes, I just spelt qualified wrong. Oh dear.

I've always loved the "math of nature", a large part of which is contained in Phi (terminology off. Please refer to previous statement). If you are interested, I highly recommend The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio - I grinned like a fool through most of this book, because it all made sense.

I've also started reading up on Fractals and particularly the Mandelbrot Set (check out the article on fractals on Wikipedia, it's what got me started - I put a new image of the Mandelbrot up as my wallpaper every Monday...)

Good luck and post back what you decide on!!

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chrispy1 wrote:Token wrote:Yeah, there's plenty of awesome stuff in maths. For example, the fact that the least positive root of sin(x) is equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Scratches head. Scratches armpit. Thinks Token is a hell of a lot smarter than me. Continues with reply to a topic I'm not sure I'm qualifed. And yes, I just spelt qualified wrong. Oh dear

He said "sin(pi) = 0"

I can't give a valid opinion to the topic at hand, as I'm still trapped in highschool.

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Start with logic, if you can understand the essence of logic, then you can understand proofs a lot better.

Keep in mind a statement can either be true XOR false (not both).

So if you want to prove something, either get the statement to show true from which you started or, like a lot of clever proofs, assume it's false (negate it) and see if you can get a contradiction (two truth values colliding with each other, something being true and false).

Proofs are beautiful for one reason, TRUTH.

We assume simple things then build an entire world out of them.

Keep in mind a statement can either be true XOR false (not both).

So if you want to prove something, either get the statement to show true from which you started or, like a lot of clever proofs, assume it's false (negate it) and see if you can get a contradiction (two truth values colliding with each other, something being true and false).

Proofs are beautiful for one reason, TRUTH.

We assume simple things then build an entire world out of them.

1010011010

Our truth is only as good as our assumptions.

Our truth is only as good as our assumptions.

Agree that symbolic logic might be a good project.

Powerful, elegant, easy to learn as a hobby.

Probably good online tutorials.

Next idea: game theory.

Agree. I found it mindblowing to realize that ecology and market economics are talking about the same thing, using different jargon. Later i learned that there was a historical basis for this; Darwin based his work on Adam Smith.

Powerful, elegant, easy to learn as a hobby.

Probably good online tutorials.

Next idea: game theory.

The most interesting/beautiful things I find are when you're busy doing some maths in <some area>, and you realise it's exactly the same as something in <some other area>, just in a different form. It blows my mind.

Agree. I found it mindblowing to realize that ecology and market economics are talking about the same thing, using different jargon. Later i learned that there was a historical basis for this; Darwin based his work on Adam Smith.

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zenten wrote:My problem with probability was that the professors couldn't get their terms straight. They would write out functions like variables, and not define what's what. But that's more a problem with how it is presented than the field itself.

Spoiler alert: It turns out that they're the same thing.

Edit: in the same way that summation and integration are the same and, more abstractly, n+1 dimensional vectos are the same as n dimsensional polynomials

A wonderful subject to start with, and a pretty easy one, is discreet mathematics. It's very helpful for later subjects and it has some very beautiful things (try to read up on "Hilbert's Hotel" if it interests you).

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Zohar wrote:A wonderful subject to start with, and a pretty easy one, is discreet mathematics. It's very helpful for later subjects and it has some very beautiful things (try to read up on "Hilbert's Hotel" if it interests you).

This is probably the one are of maths that I've never been interested in. As for beautiful areas, I'm a big fan of Gaussian Processes.

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dp wrote:Fuck this discrete shit - life is a continuum.

rly

I think the universe is mostly discrete.

To original poster: You may want to reserve some of your enthusiasm until you really start doing it. Definitely start with logic, because you'll need to understand how proofs work, but even so, if you say you're "not a math person," that probably means that some of the beauty of math has already passed by you, and you thought it was boring or useless. I know math is awesome, and I think it's great that you want to try to learn more, but be aware that some people just don't enjoy it as much as others.

Personally, I think some things in linear algebra and number theory are absolutely brilliant, so I would steer you in that direction.

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HenryS wrote:Read GÃƒÂ¶del, Escher, Bach.

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adlaiff6 wrote:To original poster: You may want to reserve some of your enthusiasm until you really start doing it. Definitely start with logic, because you'll need to understand how proofs work, but even so, if you say you're "not a math person," that probably means that some of the beauty of math has already passed by you, and you thought it was boring or useless. I know math is awesome, and I think it's great that you want to try to learn more, but be aware that some people just don't enjoy it as much as others.

well, I've already endeavored to learn a bit of math on my own, and I've found it quite enjoyable. I enjoy math if it is presented well. id est, I have never enjoyed learning math in a classroom, but I love talking about it and learning it in a more one on one, or independent environment.

Personally, I think some things in linear algebra and number theory are absolutely brilliant, so I would steer you in that direction.

thanks.

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devdavad wrote:Definitely number theory. Above that, Mental math. It's used everyday

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