### The beauty of e

Better Explained does an interesting piece on Euler’s number.

e is the base rate of growth shared by all continually growing processes.e lets you take a simple growth rate (where all change happens at the end of the year) and find the impact of compound, continuous growth, where every nanosecond (or faster) you are growing just a little bit.e shows up whenever systems grow exponentially and continuously: population, radioactive decay, interest calculations, and more. Even jagged systems that don’t grow smoothly can be

approximatedby e.Just like every number can be considered a “scaled” version of 1 (the base unit), every circle can be considered a “scaled” version of the unit circle (radius 1), and every rate of growth can be considered a “scaled” version of e (the “unit” rate of growth).

So e is not an obscure, seemingly random number.

e represents the idea that all continually growing systems are scaled versions of a common rate.

e is really cool. Pi seems to get all the love from mathematicians for being this mystical irrational number. But e is the mystical irrational number of everyday life!

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