Why are square roots so fundamental?
Why are square roots (and squared quantities) so important in physics, mathematics, and all over science? Whether it's the area of a circle, the quadratic formula, the Pythagorean theorem or The Grand Design/The Theory of Everything (Hawking), this seemingly arbitrary X times X has implications everywhere! Why not (2x - 1)? Why not (x cubed minus x)?
I believe it rests in their perfect-square nature. The Greeks recognized their importance primarily because of how they illustrated quantities. In reference to square quantities, their numbering system illustrated them as simply squares; for instance 4 was represented by 4 dots arranged in a 2 by 2 square, 9 was a 3 by 3 square... This somewhat perfect nature in quantifiable number-sense that is, or perhaps this pattern, if you will, is significant in many aspects of our world... However, I wonder, if the ultimate flaw in our thoughts or prejudgment (at least until recently) may indeed be this obsession with finding order/patterns of repetition in our world?
by qwark 8 years ago
Could it be that our universe exists within the empty space of a piece of used bubble gum on the bedpost of someone existing in the 11th dimension of the "Theory of Everything?"
by SparklingJewel 9 years ago
I just heard this on TV...but can't remember it all.The partial definition of String Theory is something like: quantum mechanics is all about the smallest, and theory of relativity is the other end of the spectrum, string theory ties it all together and has been going on forever and is...
by wilmiers77 7 years ago
As knowledge accelerates over the past 100 years, the schools of thoughts are beginning to unify. The theory of everything is the unification of all physics prescriptions, and a continual investigation into our fundamental conventional defines in physics such as matter and energy. Where did matter...
by mosesb44 7 years ago
Does anyone have a formula for finding the square root of a number? I know that one can use a calculator but there is a formula in the calculator in order for it to perform. I would like to have the formula along with an example.Thank you.Bernard Moses
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