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Topic: difference between a vector and a point (in R^n)
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Brian Q. Hutchings

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Re: difference between a vector and a point (in R^n)
Posted: Aug 26, 2013 10:00 PM
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Hamilton created all of the language of vector mechanics,
with quaternions;
use it for special relativity e.g.,
and Minkowksi's insane sloganeering dysappears

> Now here's the confusing bit. It's very common to abbreviate the
> vector xi + yj + zk to (x,y,z). That gives us the same notation for
> the _coordinates_ of a point and the _components_ of its position
> vector.

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