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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 23, 2013 7:53 AM


In article <4654d2db98d64e63ab5d38c084eba08d@googlegroups.com>, Dick <DBatchelo1@aol.com> wrote:
> On Monday, July 22, 2013 7:26:04 AM UTC4, jonas.t...@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 ;) > > It was used in FORTRAN. I believe this was earlier than Algol
Early FORTRAN used x**y; only much later versions did allowed x^y in addition.
 G. A. Edgar http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~edgar/



