WordPress.com has a new plugin package, “Jetpack,” that incorporates their stats and a bunch of other random functions that replace the original WordPress Stats module. While skimming through the list, I came across this:

For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site.

That way is… LaTeX, which I haven’t used since the dark ages. Navigating dark and musty mental cobwebs, I took a few baby steps:

$latex a^0 = 1$

$latex e^{ipi} + 1 = 0$$latex int e^x $

$latex d frac{hi}{ho} = frac{ho d hi – hi d ho}{ho ho}$

$latex frac{12 + 144 + 20 + 3 + sqrt{4}}{7} + (5×11) = 9^2 + 0 $

$latex left( lim_{xto 8^+} frac{1}{x-8} = infty right) Rightarrow left( lim_{xto 3^+} frac{1}{x-3} = omega right) $

Unfortunately, as $latex a to 0$, the first formula, $latex 0^0 = 1$, becomes controversial. Hat tip to John for letting me know this and how the opera in the Fifth Element was done. It’s one of my favorite blogs to read.

Math: it’s not just for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, actuaries, geeks and smart-asses.

JohnI haven’t used many, but LaTeX’s equation editor is still the best I’ve seen. I could almost crank out pretty complex equations in a straight shot. Most recently I’ve fiddled with MathML for websites and it’s a little tough maybe because it’s very verbose (but I understand why because of it’s SGML/XML/HTML structure).

To clarify the Fifth Element’s opera, the singer sang as much as she could and they used something like autotune to get the out-of-range notes. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie. And that lady in the video (if it’s legit) does a great job of singing at least part of it.

And thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you enjoy Horse Bits.