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Peter Percival

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Re: The ambiguity of 0^0 on N
Posted: Sep 19, 2013 7:26 AM
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Dan Christensen wrote:
> On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:11:53 PM UTC-4, Rotwang wrote:

>>
>> will follow from people defining exponentiation in the usual way?

>
> Whatever consequences may arise from a calculation that results in a
> value of 1 when it should be 0. The result could be catastrophic.


When "should" 0^0 = 0?

This is what has happened. You were writing a computer program and you
wrongly believed that exp(0,0)--or whatever the notation is--would
return 0. It didn't, it returned--quite properly--1. Your program
being buggy is not a catastrophe. The thing to do with bugs is to fix
them[*], _not_ try to "fix" mathematics.

> The most well known theorem that makes use of 0^0 is probably the
> Binomial Theorem. And it can easily be restated to avoid its use,
> e.g. by stating at the outset that (x+0)^n = x^n, etc.


That (x+0)^n = x^n follows from the definition of addition. Note, btw,
that the definition of + begins by saying what x+0 is, it doesn't start
with x+1 or x+2.

[* Here's the fix for you. Write a function dansexp(x,y) which when x
and y are not both 0 returns exp(x,y); and when x = y = 0 returns 0.]


--
Sorrow in all lands, and grievous omens.
Great anger in the dragon of the hills,
And silent now the earth's green oracles
That will not speak again of innocence.
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