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Topic: Number line (was Sir Andrew Wiles)
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Re: Number line (was Sir Andrew Wiles)
Posted: Feb 18, 2009 9:10 AM
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Was the google search limited to English? I would have looked for first
mention to other languages, German, French, Latin, ...

Avinoam Mann

On Mon, 16 Feb 2009, James A. Landau <> wrote:

> I would have thought the idea went back at least to Descartes, but a search through Google Books did not return anything earlier than 1899.
> This was (according to Google Books) in Telephone Magazine, 1899, page 303.It was a snippet view, so the citation is incomplete:
> "?€¦Gauss?€™s representation of complex numbers is not systematic, on account of the direct step from the number line to the num-"
> The original is in the New York Public Library, on the off-chance you want to look it up.
> Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
> James A. Landau
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> From: "Kutler, Samuel" <>
> Subject: RE: Sir Andrew Wiles
> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 06:23:13 -0500
> When did the term real number line appear, and when did someone say that
> there is a one-to-one correspondence between the real numbers and the points on the real number line?
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