The most beautiful formulae/theorems/identities in mathematics

This is my personal collection of formulae/theorems which I consider lovely. By “lovely”, I mean objects which possess a certain degree of Elegance and Simplicity. The formulae/theorems are listed in no particular order.

Pythagoras’ theorem

The most popular and fascinating theorem in Euclidean geometry takes the first place in the list.

If AB, BC and AC are three sides of a right angled triangle  ABC, where AC is the hypotenuse, then

AC^2 =AB^2+BC^2

Euler’s formula

e^{i\pi}+1=0, where e is the Euler’s number.

Heron’s formula

A=\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}. where A is the area of a triangle whose sides are of length a,b,c and perimeter is 2s.

Bayes theorem

P(A|B)*P(B)= P(B|A)*P(A)

Or

P(A|B)=\frac{P(B|A)*P(A)}{P(B)}

 

Sine rule
If A,B,C are vertices of a triangle, and sides a,b,c are a = BC, b = CA, c = AB then

\frac{a}{sin(A)}=\frac{b}{sin(B)}=\frac{c}{sin(C)}

Cayley – Hamilton theorem

every square matrix over a commutative ring (such as the real  or complex field) satisfies its own characteristic equation.

Euclid’s algorithm

If a and b are integers and a > b, then gcd(a, b) = gcd(a (mod b), b)

Trigonometric gem 1

sin(x – y) sin(x + y) = (sin(x) – sin(y)) (sin(x) + sin(y))

Trigonometric gem 2

X+Y+Z = XYZ if
X = tan(A)
Y = tan(B)
Z = tan(C)

and A+B+C = \pi

Of course, this list is undeniably incomplete. There will be more entries, as I discover more gems.


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2 Comments
  • Taha
    Posted at 08:34h, 19 August Reply

    I know you could have added more, but you have to mention the quadratic formula, it has unbelievable impact on the world of maths and it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

    • Gonit Sora
      Posted at 22:30h, 27 August Reply

      We agree with you, but it was the choice of the author. Thanks for the comment.

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