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Topic: Math history, origin of the exponentiation/raised/power sign x^y?
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G. A. Edgar

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Re: Math history, origin of the exponentiation/raised/power sign x^y?
Posted: Jul 22, 2013 8:08 AM
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In article <ab0c8b99-4a31-4f42-bab6-b62c6e7e2ab0@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 up-arrow sign they originally

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