# Tag Archives: Euler

# Euler’s formula with introductory group theory

During the 19th century French Revolution, a young French boy Evariste Galois self-studied Math and invented a totally strange math called “**Group Theory**“, in his own saying –

“

A new Mathnot on calculation but on reasoning“.

With Group, Galois proved a 300-year-old problem that Quintic equations with degree 5 (or more) have no radical solution (ie formula using +, -, ×, ÷, nth root). During his short tragic life (21 years) his work was not understood by the world masters like Cauchy, Fourier, Poisson, Gauss, Jacobi…

“Group Theory” is the foundation of Modern Math today.

# Why call “Affine” Geometry ?

The term “**Affine**” was coined by **Euler** (1748b), motivated by the idea that images related by ** affine transformation** have an

*with one another.*

**affinity**Note 1: The term “Affine Geometry” is never used in GCE A-level Math, but commonly taught in French Baccalaureate.

Note 2: “Affinity” 亲和力 => 模仿

Affine transformation => 仿射 变化

In geometry, an **affine transformation**, **affine map**^{[1]} or an **affinity** (from the Latin, *affinis*, “connected with”) is a function between affine spaces which preserves points, straight lines and planes. Also, sets of parallel lines remain parallel after an affine transformation. An affine transformation does not necessarily preserve angles between lines or distances between points, though it does preserve ratios of distances between points lying on a straight line.

Examples of affine transformations include translation, scaling, homothety, similarity transformation, reflection, rotation, shear mapping, and compositions of them in any combination and sequence.

# ASTOUNDING: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + … = -1/12

The sum of all positive integers is divergent, but the result is ( -1/12).

Crazy but it is true in Quantum Physics (String Theory) !

**2nd Proof:**

# Why 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + … = -1/12

# Differentiating under integral

Prove: (Euler Gamma Γ Function)

Proof:

∀ a>0

Integrate by parts:

∀ a>0

…[1]

**Feynman trick**: differentiating under integral => d/da left side of [1]

[Note] : Feynman applied “The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus”: Differentiation (aka Derivative) is inverse of Integration (aka Anti-Derivative) , vice versa.

Differentiate the right side of [1]:

=>

Continue to differentiate with respect to ‘a’:

…

…

Set a = 1

[QED]

**Another Example using “Feynman Integration”**:

; for b > -1

=>

Let b=0

I(0) = 0= ln (1) + C = 0+C => C=0

Let b= 2

[QED]

# Visualize e^iπ = -1

# Euler on Math Education

Euler was invited by Peter I of Russia in 1727 to work in the

Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He introduced the fundamental math

disciplines in school math education:

1. Arithmetic

2. Geometry

3. Trigonometry

4. Algebra

these 4 are taught as separate and specific subjects, versus 19 duplicated disciplines in Europe.

Euler influenced not only in Russia schools, but in schools worldwide today.

*Source: Russian Mathematics Education*

Vol 1: History and world significance

Vol 2: Programs and practices

(Publisher: World Scientific)

# Euler: V- E + R = 2

1. Euler wrote to Goldbach @1750, “it astonishes me these properties have not been noticed by anyone else.”

Euler’s Polyhedron formula:

**V- E + R = 2**

Remember trick: “**VERsion 2**”

V= Vertices, E= Edges, R= Regions (or Faces)

Note: = 0 (instead of 2) for torus doughnut

2. Euler proved it 1 year later: intuition leads to discovery, then prove it by logic.

**Example**:

Football: Vertices=60, Edges E=90, Region R=32 faces (12 pentagons, 20 hexagons):

**V- E + R** = 60 – 90 + 32 **= 2**

# Prime and Perfect Square

For all primes p ≠2, (a,b ∈Z)

**p= a² + b² <=> p ≡ 1 mod 4**

*
*(2=1² + 1²)

5= 1² + 2² = 1 + 4 ≡ 1 mod 4

13= 2² + 3² = 4 + 9 ≡ 1 mod 4

17=1² + 4² = 1 + 16 ≡ 1 mod 4

29= 2² + 5² = 4 + 25 ≡ 1 mod 4

37= 1² + 6² = 1 +36 ≡ 1 mod 4

*Notes:*

*1) Perfect squares (4, 9, 16, 25… ) ≡ 0 or ≡ 1 mod 4
2) Prime (4n+1) = a² + b² ( Euler took 7 yrs to prove)*

3) Gauss expanded the proof to **quadratic reciprocity** (2 prime numbers p & q are linked by mod 4)