In article <bpcF7JBr7.Axu@netcom.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Benjamin P. Carter) writes: |> pmiller@*DIESPAMMERS*.lni.net (Paul Miller) explains why Z stands for the |> integers: |> |> >the symbol Z for the integers comes directly from German die Zahlen. |> |> Similarly, R stands for the reals. This usage seems quite reasonable in |> several languages. |> |> But why does Q stand for the field of rational numbers?
Because it's the _quotient_ field of the integers ?? That's the explanation that I recall being given when I asked this question 37 years ago ... Of course, that's quite some time ago, so my memory may not be that reliable :-)
|> -- |> Ben Carter
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