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Re: Z, R, Q (was: German words for "number")
Posted:
Feb 22, 1999 11:44 AM


In article <bpcF7JBr7.Axu@netcom.com>, bpc@netcom.com (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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