## Archive for January, 2010

### The Greatest Formula in Mathematics

Friday, January 29th, 2010

It’s usually called Euler’s Identity, after the great Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler, and several polls of mathematicians and physicists have bestowed on it titles such as “the greatest equation ever”

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### Newton Verifies the Law of Gravity

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Although much of Newton’s work is accessible only to specialists, some of his results can be understood and appreciated by the rest of us. In this post I will describe one such investigation – his effort to determine how the force of gravity decreases with distance from the earth. The results were very significant in a scientific sense, and the way he carried out the work shows astonishing insight and imagination.

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