## Top Ten NumbersSeptember 5, 2012 Top ten lists are always contentious. In lists of the top ten movies of all time, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Citizen Kane are typically there, but after those it's a hodge podge of various tastes. The Latin saying, "De gustibus non dispudandum est" ("About taste there can be no argument"), is apt. One man's Citizen Kane is another man's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The American Mathematical Society web site has a page that lists recent articles about mathematics in the popular media.[1] One interesting item on the most recent list was a Business Insider article about "The 17 Equations That Changed The World."[2] The equations were presented in a 2012 book, "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World," by Ian Stewart.[3] The interesting thing about this list is that only half of the equations are purely mathematical (e.g., the Pythagorean equation). The others are equations that express physical laws, such as Newton's law of universal gravitation. One world-changing equation on the list is the Black–Scholes derivative equation. Yes, it did change the world; but, perhaps, not for the better. This list of equations refers to another article that was just as interesting, "The 10 Most Important Numbers In The World."[4] Here are the top ten numbers, according to Ben Duronio and Walter Hickey of the Business Insider:The last item, wonderful as it is in combining e, i, π, 1 and 0, should really have been on the equation list, so that gives us nine numbers. The purists will claim that only four numbers on the list are really numbers, since these are the only dimensionless numbers there, but the list is intended as an expression of a layman's idea of a number.
## References:- Math in the Media - Math Digest, American Mathematical Society Web Site.
- Max Nisen, "The 17 Equations That Changed The World," Business Insider, July 10, 2012.
- Ian Stewart, "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World," Basic Books, March 13, 2012, 352 pages (via Amazon).
- Ben Duronio and Walter Hickey, "The 10 Most Important Numbers In The World," Business Insider, July 8, 2012.
- Not to be confused with the other "Euler Constant," γ = 0.5772156649..., which is the limit of the difference between the harmonic series and the natural logarithm function.
- Charles Seife, "Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea," Penguin Books; Paperback Book Club edition, September 1, 2000, 248 pages (via Amazon).
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