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Topic: Could 0^0=0? Maybe!
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Dan Christensen

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Re: Could 0^0=0? Maybe!
Posted: Sep 26, 2013 11:17 AM
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On Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:54:14 AM UTC-4, wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:24:54 -0700 (PDT), Dan Christensen
> <> wrote:

> >As taught in high schools and many university courses, 0^0 is undefined.
> Does the phrase "beating a dead horse" mean anything to you?

I don't think any other topic has inspired as much heated debate in online math forums, but I think this may be a new approach to the problem. These days, the usual rationale for the historical practice of leaving 0^0 undefined is based on the use of path-dependent limits. See for example:

I think of have shown that you don't need all the machinery of real analysis to justify this practice -- ordinary natural number arithmetic is quite up to the job.

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