The ultimate physical/mathematical beauty

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From your visions of mathematical and physical wonders, what real or imagined phenomenon inspires the most awe?

(For me? The myriad and kaleidoscopic nascent galaxies of the early universe, shown in the Hubble Deep Field. Also, a model that depicts the macrocosmos also existing within us as a microcosmos, proposed in my website below.)
 

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chroot
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Wave-particle duality.

- Warren
 
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From your visions of mathematical and physical wonders, what real or imagined phenomenon inspires the most awe?

The nature of extra terrestials, if they exist. 'Cause they will be nothing we can ever imagine.
 
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when i read the string theory explanation for how particles interact in particular antiparticles it was like a light being turned on, ever since i have been i love with physics.

i also never cease to be astounded by euclidian geometry, so beautifully perfect yet perfectly simple!
 
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What inspires the most awe?

For me, a simple rainbow.
 
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[inte]Cos[x]/[x^2+1] dx = [pi]/e
int from -[oo] to [oo]
 
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J-Man
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In general, the universe.

In particular, life, light and energy.
 
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I would have to concur with J-man.
I don't know how many times I've just stopped marveled at the beauty of life. From complex humans to basic bacteria, it amazes me all. I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone how precious life is. Even though you may be sick and tired of someone in your daily life, or wonder "What were his parents thinking when they made him?!" we are ALL special. To paraprase Mr. Carl Sagan, even if the universe is brimming with intelligent life, our species on such a grand scale is completely unique. We are in essence, endangered.
 
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The formulae for gravity.

F = GmM/r2

or

F = ∇(Gmm/r)
 
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That we humans can know, know the Universe, it's laws, mathematics and
logic and thus the mind of God. Isn't "The Big Bang" just another way of saying "Let there be light."
 
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  • e[pi]i + 1 = 0
  • calculus notation in general
  • The pictures those guys from IBM made of quantum corrals
  • Rock faces (particularly in Cuese)
  • Falling Water (the Frank Lloyd Wright house, and just plain old H2O under the effects of gravity)
  • Yosemite
 
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the Fibonacci sequence

eNtRopY
 
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Oops I left one thing of my list:

Mr. Burns! I mean look at that sexy beast. He's almost too hot to be allowed in these forums!
 
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The fact that the Universe makes any sense at all. It never ceases to amaze me that we can actually write symbols on a piece of paper and predict what will happen in a limited amount of experiments.
 
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As I go to one of my later classes, I pass by a small lake and just stare in awe as the water bounces and undulates about.
 

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