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Topic: What's the geometry meaning of i^i ?
Replies: 16   Last Post: Jul 29, 2012 2:34 PM

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 Ki Song Posts: 549 Registered: 9/19/09
Re: What's the geometry meaning of i^i ?
Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:25 PM

On Friday, July 27, 2012 11:19:26 AM UTC-4, Ken S. Tucker wrote:
> Butch Malahide wrote:
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> > On Jul 27, 12:22 am, "Ken S. Tucker" <dynam...@rocketmail.com> wrote:
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> >> Unit length is one solution. (i^i)^4 =1 , 1^(1/4)=1.
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> > What did you mean by "(i^i)^4 =1"? Must be a typo, but a typo for
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> > what??
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> If memory serves,
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> (i^i)^2 = i^2i= (-1)^i , (-1)^2i = 1^i = 1 = (i^i)^4 .

The rules of exponent do not expend to exponentiation by complex numbers.

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> I assume 1^(anything) = 1.

This is not true when the exponent is not a real number.

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> Now 1^(1/4) = i^i = 1.
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> Hows that?

I think you need to think about what it means to "exponentiate." It's not such an obvious thing.

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> Ken

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7/26/12 Gottfried Helms
7/26/12 Narasimham
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7/27/12 Ken S. Tucker
7/27/12 Butch Malahide
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7/27/12 Ki Song
7/29/12 Michael Press
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