Transcendentalism refers to the philosophical movement that developed in the 1800s. It taught people to believe in the inherent goodness of people and nature. It also said that religious organizations and political parties corrupt the purity of an individual. So obviously, any ceremonies or functions attended by transcendentalists should be called transcendental functions. Right? No, not really! That has actually nothing to do with what we will be discussing here. When we hear the term ‘function’ used in a scientific context, we immediately jump to mathematics. If you are somewhat familiar with mathematics, you know what a function is. If not, no worries; we will discuss it further soon. But for now, all we need to know is that real functions are divided into two groups: algebraic functions and transcendental functions. Wait, what? Aren’t all functions and equations ‘algebraic’? Well, not exactly. As it turns out, transcendentalism exists in mathematics! Continue reading “Transcendental Functions”