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Re^3: 0**0

by JaWi (Hermit)
on Jan 16, 2003 at 16:27 UTC ( #227408=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: 0**0
in thread 0**0

Ok, I see your point. However, if you would define 0**0 as being 1, you're making an exception "just because it is so darn handy while programming". In that case, you would need to handle other exceptions like, for example, sqrt(-1) as well, since this would be handy as well...

-- JaWi

"A chicken is an egg's way of producing more eggs."

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Re: Re^3: 0**0
by scain (Curate) on Jan 16, 2003 at 16:29 UTC
    No, not because it is 'so darn handy', because sometimes it is right. See the link I posted under my first response; I trust mine more than yours since it is derived from sci.math FAQs.

    Scott
    Project coordinator of the Generic Model Organism Database Project

      Ok, having read to quickly through your posted link, I discovered the statement made in the last sentence: <quote>... Consensus has recently been built around setting the value of 0^0 = 1...</quote>.

      So, this statement would annihilate my earlier arguments... I'm convinced: 0**0 = 1.

      -- JaWi

      "A chicken is an egg's way of producing more eggs."

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