Theorems, equations and principles: debates that look like notes and a biography of formulas. From the Pythagorean theorem, << a2 + b2 = c2 >>, where every students begins to study geometry, to the most famous formula of the 20th century, << E = mc2 >>. History and knowledge are found in formulas, that are often simple, elegant and concise to read but complex, mysterious and very meaningful. In its second edition of Debates on Math by Mulino, we thought to tell the knowledge tale through six formulas, trying to retrace their “biography”: how they were conceived, where and when, who formulated them, what problems they solved and which scenarios they opened. Just behind those strings of figures and symbols, lean and formalized needs, whose total understanding requires years of study and research application, there are personal events, intellectual challenges, dramatic changes of human history and thinking revolutions. In their abstract and impenetrable form of expression, they are similar to hieroglyphics, whose secret was still to be discovered by researchers from the beginning of the 19th century. From the Pythagorean theorem, when our intelligence was enlightened by the Rosetta stone, the last Fermat’s theorem, the fundamental one of Newton’s calculation, the Relativity equation, the Guass’s theorem egregium, and the Gödel’s incompleteness one, and the Heisenberg’s indeterminacy one, offer irreplaceable means of communication between cosmos and human beings, between what we perceive as the unchanging wonder of nature laws and the chaotic sparkle of homo sapiens’ intelligence. Debates on math 2018: six formulas able to tell and recap big portions of the world and its functioning. An event by the Mulino and the Fondazione Musica per Roma to discover the mathematical elegance of creation.
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