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Topic: [HM] when x^o defined? (fwd)
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Re: [HM] when x^o defined? (fwd)
Posted: Nov 26, 2004 9:19 AM
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From M.Kline's "Mathematical thought from ancient to modern times",
pp.260-261: "In 1484 Chuquet ...wrote 12^0 for 12x^0 and 7^{1m} for
7x^{-1}...In 1585 Stevin wrote ...Newton used positive, negative,
integral, and fractional exponents...". I cannot reproduce Stevin's
notation; where Chuquet wrote 12^0, say, Stevin would write the exponent
as zero inside a circle. There are also references to Chuquet in Boyer's
and Katz's books.
From stormy Jerusalem (literarily)
Avinoam Mann

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