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Math history, origin of the exponentiation/raised/power sign x^y?
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Jul 23, 2013 7:53 AM




Re: Math history, origin of the exponentiation/raised/power sign x^y?
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Jul 22, 2013 8:08 AM


In article <ab0c8b994a314f42bab6b62c6e7e2ab0@googlegroups.com>, <jonas.thornvall@gmail.com> wrote:
> In what culture did it origin, and what is the earliest known use of ^ sign > in math? > > Has it always had the the base to the left and exponent to the right? > If find myself often write it the other way, but i am just confused i guess ;)
The earliest I recall was the computer language BASIC ... since standard keypunches did not have the uparrow sign they originally wanted.
 G. A. Edgar http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~edgar/



