Math has Changed the World


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.

  1. The Pythagorean Theorem
  2. The logarithm and its identities
  3. Complex numbers
  4. Einstein’s theory of relativity
  5. Calculus (specifically instantaneous rate of change)
  6. Newton’s universal law of gravitation
  7. Euler’s formula for polyhedra
  8. The normal distribution
  9. The wave equation
  10. The Fourier transform
  11. The Navier-Stokes equations
  12. Maxwell’s equations
  13. The Second law of thermodynamics
  14. The Schrodinger equation
  15. Shannon’s information theory
  16. The logistic model for population growth
  17. 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?


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