seeking for "beautiful" formula

Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32am

seeking for "beautiful" formula

anyone know any “beautiful” formula ??

i am working for my dissertation, and looking for “beautiful” formula.

so far I have done 6 degree polynomial and Lorenz attractor, and need more great and impressive formula.

(can be differential equations too)

some picture:
1)Lorens attractor

2)Lorens attractor

3)Lorens attractor



Aug 11, 2013 at 1:56pm,+%7Bt,+-Pi,+Pi

Aug 11, 2013 at 2:01pm

jez, it is tool long, thats why i had trouble posting it to the forum with a link title.

Aug 11, 2013 at 2:01pm


Aug 11, 2013 at 2:38pm

Maybe not mathematically beautiful, but this is impressive nonetheless!

Aug 11, 2013 at 3:30pm

now that would be worth to make it an abstraction.

Aug 11, 2013 at 3:35pm

and there is some space to fill on wolfram, too:

Aug 11, 2013 at 4:36pm


Aug 13, 2013 at 8:06am

Strange Attractors:
Creating Patterns in Chaos

Aug 13, 2013 at 2:51pm

With all due respect, it’s the *mapping* that’s the central issue rather than the algorithm, IMHO.

Aug 13, 2013 at 9:27pm

“The mapping is the message”! But primitive mapping of interesting input might get interesting too :)
Anyway “Gödel Escher Bach” might be an interesting book there too

Aug 13, 2013 at 11:55pm


You stole my thunder.

Aug 14, 2013 at 1:44am

+1 for GEB

A fun read!

Aug 14, 2013 at 3:22am

given that one could argue that any artistic praxis is an exercise in mapping /translation, you could possibly hypothesise that all good art is just good mapping; all bad art is bad mapping… ;-]

edit: replace ‘good’ with ‘beautiful’, ‘bad’ with ‘ugly’ etc etc ie boring/interesting, smooth/abrasive

note to self stop posting on forums after dinner

Aug 15, 2013 at 4:16am

I figure this is a good opportunity to learn about [expr]. I should have listened more in school. Maybe if they taught math like this I would have paid attention…


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Aug 15, 2013 at 4:34am

a good formula is good mapping of (x)

Aug 15, 2013 at 6:22am

> looking for “beautiful” formula.

aren’t we all?

Aug 15, 2013 at 6:23am

and what’s beautiful anyway?

Aug 15, 2013 at 6:28am

and what’s beautiful anyway?

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Aug 15, 2013 at 6:54am

Thx for reply for everyone, these reply helps me a lot, and i am trying to demonstrate “e^(i*pi)+1=0″ and Donal duck equ.

I am working for my project, which is to show people about the art, the beautiful in MATHS. I am looking for if there is some adjective to describe what beauty is.

It is hard to describe, but I would say it look nature.

this is my example:

Aug 15, 2013 at 9:12am

good mapping of X is boring and not art at all.

unless you are mapping X using [expr ($i1+0)*1], or course. becasue this will end up as a quite astounding and progressive piece of minimalism.

in this case i would suggest that X should be in a range of 1 – 1 to avoid that displaying the parameter movement in the GUI object becomes too irritating for the eyes.

Aug 16, 2013 at 12:51am

lots of examples of aesthetically pleasing math via

here’s a few of those that I implemented in Max in 2012:

(includes: butterfly curve, Lemniscate of Bernoulli, hypocycloid, diamond curve, Lituus spiral, SuperShape)

Aug 16, 2013 at 4:41am

not so long ago i stumbled across this
and, there’s that related page
those two show how what is mapped cna change everything.

Perlin noise flow field ?


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