NPR Article  Best Equation Ever

www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2010/09/02/129610905/bestequationever?sc=fb&cc=fp
This morning, I read this article, which attempts to explain why mathematicians love Euler's Identity. I've never taken much higher math other than statistical methodologies, and I was wondering if anyone might like to riff on this equation a little from the perspective of that strange sort of metaphysically symbolic math we employ here at times: l1l = l1l > l1l + l1l = 2 > 0=2 and all that...
And if not that, I was wondering if anyone might be able to give me a better idea of what "e" represents than the article does.
Just a passing interest... When I had to take statistics and learn matrix algebra, it became incredibly full of symbolism for me, especially relating to the Emperor. I sense some of the same potential here, but I don't know enough about algorithms to know how to explore it.
Thanks
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I have no time to read the article but, in case it helps: e is an extremely common mathematical constant. If he's using it in the conventioanl way, here is a good description:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(mathematical_constan