What The Hell Is a Transcendental Number?

There are some mathematical concepts that seem straightforward, but once you dig deeper seem to make less and less sense. Transcendental numbers are one of 'em—but what the hell are they?

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This video seeks to explain. Essentially, it's a quality which means numbers like Pi can't be constructed properly using normal algebra. But at this points it probably makes sense to hand over to Simon Pampena, Australia's Numeracy Ambassador, who can do a much better job of explaining things. [YouTube]

DISCUSSION

But.. e isn't really a number, it's just a symbol representing a number that doesn't exist in the real world.

Even when I was taking cal and such I never got the point of making and solving equations that have no bearing on the real world.

Kinda like deepities in philosophy.