|The Most Beautiful Equation in Mathematics, is about to get ugly.|
Interestingly (or not, given the whole 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder" thing), I ran into this as being useful in reading J. Richard Gott and Robert J. Vanderbei's Sizing Up The Universe, which I consider to be the most beautiful book of 2010, and in Fourier Analysis. But enough of that ....
Click on http://tauday.com/ to see the alleged "reasoning" about this totally unprovoked assault.
Sure, but look what that would do to Euler's Equation (pictured on the ring above, in original pure form). Won't be so pretty if "TAU" is adopted, hmm?
As I wrote at Facebook:
It would certainly make Euler's Equation, generally considered the most beautiful equation in Mathematics, more interesting. Remove pi, replace with tau/2. Messier, though. Less elegant. Ew. So instead of having e, pi, i, 0, 1 and the operators +, x, =, and exponentiation, we would have e, tau, i, 0, 1, 2, and the operators +,x, /, =, and exponentiation. I dunno, can't we work subtraction in there somewhere? Oh, right, subtract one from both sides. But then it's not the tightest, and you lose addition! Arghh! Math Jokes <=== if you understand them, you probably don't have any friends. ;-) I'll stick with 1+e^(i(pi))=0, thanks.