It seems that if you push physics to the limit you knock on religion's door. I have found that if you push mathematics to the limit you end up knocking on poetry's door! Euler's formula is a phrase used for a variety of equations developed by the Swiss mathematician, Leonhard Euler. One of the most famous is e^{πi} = -1. This poem is about that formula, slightly rewritten as e^{πi} + 1 = 0.

e to the pi(i) power plus one equals zero.

Take a number

with a beginning but no end.

Raised to the power

of another number

with a beginning but no end,

times a number that exists

only in the mind's imagination.

Throw in one for good measure

and what do you get?

Nothing!

Only poets or mathematicians

could dream up a line like that!

Graffiti addition to an open range sign along Highway 50; Nevada 1986.