The stunning geometry behind this surprising equation

by Super User, 3 years ago
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A most beautiful proof of the Basel problem, using light.
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Check out Mathologer's video on the many cousins of the Pythagorean theorem:

On the topic of Mathologer, he also has a nice video about the Basel problem:

A simple Geogebra to play around with the Inverse Pythagorean Theorem argument shown here.

The content here was based on a paper by Johan Wästlund

Some of you may be concerned about the final step here where we said the circle approaches a line. What about all the lighthouses on the far end? Well, a more careful calculation will show that the contributions from those lights become more negligible. In fact, the contributions from almost all lights become negligible. For the ambitious among you, see this paper for full details.

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