Recently a student sent me an article about a popular book that outlines history in terms of 17 revolutionary equations.

Here’s what I wrote back to him:

*Just for the record, here's my all-time favorite equation:*

*First, let me admit that the way I just wrote it involves some abuse of notation. Properly, it should be written this way:*

*But I think the former form is justified for the visual effect.*

*To the eye, it seems to equate two closed curves that have symmetry: A regular triangle, with 3-fold rotational symmetry (the minimum possible) and the circle with infinite rotational symmetry (the maximum possible).*

*But as a mathematical formula, it represents the “generalized Laplacian equation."*

*This equation is one of the broadest statements of balance in nature. Phenomena as different as three-dimensional thermodynamic equilibrium and four-dimensional relativistic motion can be described by this equation.*

*To me, it's a reminder that "mutually-canceling polarities" play a fundamental role both in the physical world as described abstractly by scientists and in the spiritual world as described concretely by mystics.*

Wait! I thought your favorite equation was:

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Pain times resistance equals suffering!

Or maybe that's just my favorite equation!

for me it´s just

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I don't understand Shinzen's favourite equation, but then again I always try to keep don't-know-mind. :)

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