Thanks so much for posting this; the history of math — or if possible, how ideas / concepts evolved — keeps interesting me. ]]>

So imho it is sort of wishful thinking to get appreciation ‘for nothing’. For example, I derived the formula for the n-th Fibonacci number using matrices / eigenvalues. But when I tried to do it differently, I noticed how much harder that is. So I can appreciate now what Euler (probably) has done to find that formula.

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