"Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I knownumbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is." - Paul Erdos.
"Mathematics is not about grammar, it's about the big stories… We tell those stories because they have the same effect on us as a piece of Shakespeare." - Marcus du Sautoy, on the assertion that literature is more moving than math
The proofs, techniques, and questions of mathematics can have a transcendental beauty. Come join a lively discussion about what makes mathematical proofs beautiful. We will cover some of the most beautiful proofs in mathematics including, but not limited to:
- Cantor's Diagonalization Proof
- Illustrative proof of Pythagorean theorem
- Proof of Euler's identity that
- Proof that the hypotenuse of a triangle with two sides of 1 is not rational
- Proof of the infinity of the Primes
- Archimedes quadrature of the parabola and the second fundamental theorem of calculus
This should be fun. If you have a beautiful proof, please feel free to bring it and share it.