The Magic Formula [Science Tattoo]

Boise Euler440Billy Hudson, a mathematician, writes, “I was in a introductory Number Theory class when Professor David Ferguson told me that e^(ipi) + 1 = 0. Of course, Euler’s equation had the same affect on me as it has on many undergraduate mathematicians, i.e. I was hooked. I had the equation tattooed on my arm in May of 1998, thinking that if nothing else it would be unique. I’ve still yet to meet anyone else with the tattoo, but as your site shows, there are others (although I still think I may have been the first :).”

You can see the rest of the Science Tattoo Emporium here or in my book, Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

0 thoughts on “The Magic Formula [Science Tattoo]

  1. I’ve always wanted a tattoo of this! One of my friends in high school used to give cute little lectures about math, physics, and chemistry. He referred to Euler’s as the Beautiful Equation. Since then, he and I have joked around that he’ll pass a note with this equation on it to the girl he likes, and she’ll swoon with how romantic and sweet he is. It has yet to happen, but I’m sure it will one day!

  2. Nice! I was going to get this on my shoulder but eventually decided to go with a form of the continuum hypothesis.

  3. Chris,

    What form did you use? I have the size of the continuum, 2^(aleph_0), tattooed on my other arm. I figure if the mathematical community ever decides to expand the standard axioms (i.e. a form of projective determinacy or somesuch) with something that decides CH then I can expand the tattoo at that time. 🙂

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