Math has certainly changed the world. I came across this article today “The 17 equations that changed the world” (inspired by the book In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World).
I certainly recognize most if not all of those equations from High School and College. This is an impressive list of formulas upon which much has been built.
- The Pythagorean Theorem
- The logarithm and its identities
- Complex numbers
- Einstein’s theory of relativity
- Calculus (specifically instantaneous rate of change)
- Newton’s universal law of gravitation
- Euler’s formula for polyhedra
- The normal distribution
- The wave equation
- The Fourier transform
- The Navier-Stokes equations
- Maxwell’s equations
- The Second law of thermodynamics
- The Schrodinger equation
- Shannon’s information theory
- The logistic model for population growth
- The Black-Scholes model
If you are not familiar with these, read the article I linked to above.
The equation that comes to my mind that is missing is Ohm’s Law I = E/R
Do you know of others that you think should be added to this list?