Scientists, for the first time ever, have discovered
a classic formula for pi hiding in the world of quantum physics. Everybody is familiar
with the word pi. It is the ratio among a circle's circumference and its
diameter, and is extremely vital in pure mathematics, but now researchers have
also found it "lurking" in the world of quantum physics, while using
quantum mechanics to compare the energy levels of a hydrogen atom. So why is
that even exciting? Well, it discloses an extremely special and previously unidentified
connection between quantum physics and mathematics. It is quite interesting
that a purely mathematical formula from the early 17th century portrays a
physical system that was discovered 400 years later.
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Since 1655 there have been lots of verifications of
Wallis's formula, but they all have come from the realm of mathematics, and the
new outcomes have people stunned. The outcomes have been issued in the Journal of Mathematical Physics.
Maths contributor Kevin Knudson for Forbes, wrote "This
almost seems like magic. That a formula for π is hidden inside the quantum
mechanics of the hydrogen atom is surprising and delightful."
“Nature had kept this secret for the last 80 years. I'm
glad we revealed it." said Friedmann.
We just can't help but wonder what other secret links
are prowling between quantum mechanics and pure mathematics.