Before we begin our quest towards understanding the beautiful fact called Euler’s Identity, let’s warm up with an amazing piece of history.
About 500 b.c. the Greeks regarded some numbers as more important than others. In particular, they knew of two numbers with a remarkable property. The two numbers are 220 and 284.
Before explaining why these numbers are so interesting, we need to know what a proper divisor is. Well, it is very simple. A proper divisor of say, n, is…
Group theory is the language of many of the mathematical disciplines. An indispensable tool in understanding the underlying nature of nature.
A theory that holds the secrets of the fundamental particles and forces of the Universe itself!
We use it to understand shapes in higher dimensions, the proof of insolvability of higher degree polynomials, and the structure of number systems, but the use of this beautiful theory doesn’t stop there.
Group theory is the study of symmetry and as you will soon see, symmetry is everywhere in mathematics and in nature.
My own encounter with groups started when I studied…
A couple of years ago I was thinking about how to generalize many of the infinite series that we know so well. It was clear to me that it was possible to generalize them since some of my studies into the field of Fourier series had led me to some of these generalizations in the past. But it was clear that I needed another way - a more controlled way to generate such formulas.
Not long ago, I found a method and I couldn’t sleep that night because I was calculating like crazy in my head. …
In mathematics, especially when it comes to number theory, there are many basic things that we don’t know.
Simple questions that we can’t answer.
This can be realized by considering a few of the famous unanswered questions that we mathematicians would like to know the answer to.
A few of them are
These questions seem deceptively…
As a mathematician and working data scientist, I am fascinated by programming languages, machine learning, data, and of course, mathematics.
These technologies, arts and tools, are of course of huge importance to society and they are transforming our lives as you read this article, but another emerging technology is growing. And it is growing fast!
It is a technology based on a mathematical field that I studied at university and which was first discovered (or invented..? let’s safe that talk for another time, shall we?) …
Before we get started on this rather visual investigation into the nature of equations, we need to recall that an equation is a relation and that relation can be written down in more than one way.
Throughout this article, it is important that you let go and forget about the old conventions that you learned long ago because this is a completely new (at least for me) way of thinking.
At school, many of us learned that an equation is like a old scale in balance.
You need to keep the balance, so if you add a number on one…
In this short introductory article, I will take you on a little journey into the exotic world of prime numbers.
It all started in France with the birth of a boy, that was to become one of the greatest scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians of his time.
Marin Mersenne was born on 8 September 1588. He was a priest, scientist, and mathematician studying everything of interest from vibrating strings on musical instruments to different fields of mathematics.
Mersenne was in a sense a center of science at his time corresponding with Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, Étienne Pascal, Pierre de Fermat, among…
The Goldbach conjecture is one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries in mathematics. In this article, I will take you on a journey through time and mathematics.
I will present some other ways of looking at the conjecture than the original definition. Both visually and algebraically. We will prove an equivalence and investigate it a bit.
The Goldbach conjecture is about prime numbers so I believe that a word about them is in order.
Before jumping headfirst into one of the oldest and most “feared” questions in mathematics, let’s try to understand why we should care about questions involving prime…
Suppose you don’t remember the quadratic formula and you have to solve a quadratic equation of the form
The Euler totient function plays an important role in the field of number theory so I’ve decided to give a brief introduction to it in this article with some nice applications.
We say that an integer m divides n (or is a divisor of n) if n/m is a whole number and we write m|n. Furthermore, we say that two whole numbers m and n are relatively prime (or coprime) if the greatest common divisor is 1. In this case, we write (n,m) = 1. In the literature, you will sometimes see the notation gcd(n,m) instead of (n,m).
Mathematician and Data Scientist interested in the mysteries of the Universe, fascinated by the human mind, music and things that I don’t understand.