Math As Useful Beauty [Science Tattoos]

By Carl Zimmer | May 2, 2009 9:29 am

taylor-tattoo-cropped.jpgNicole, a physics graduate student and blogger, writes:

My tattoo is the Taylor expansion of sine.  I consider it the most beautiful thing I have ever learned (it has held that title for about 7 years) and I got the tattoo after my freshman year at MIT.  It has additional meaning to me since sin(x)~x is one of the most useful things in physics.

For a lesson in Taylor series, go here.

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Comments (4)

  1. Oded

    Please, I recommend http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_series

    I consider the Taylor series of sine beautiful when I put it together with the Taylor series of exponent and complex numbers…

  2. Fascinating concept!

  3. yonatan

    I love a Taylor series or a macularin series series a l0t, but there more to be fascinated.

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