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Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula by Paul J. Nahin

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Introduction

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Like a Shakespearean sonnet that captures the very essence of love, or a painting that brings out the beauty of the human form that is far more than just skin deep, Euler’s equation reaches down into the very depths of existence.

—Keith Devlin writing of e + 1 = 01

The nineteenth-century Harvard mathematician Benjamin Peirce (1809–1880) made a tremendous impression on his students. As one of them wrote many years after Peirce’s death, “The appearance of Professor Benjamin Peirce, whose long gray hair, straggling grizzled beard and ...

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