0^0

Owen Holden oholden at idirect.com
Wed Feb 12 04:39:38 EST 1997


Lawrence R. Mead wrote:
> 
> Chaoz '97 (chaoz at geocities.com) wrote:
> : I have a bet going does 0^0 (Zero to the zero power) equal 1 ?
> : I found this to back me up that it does.
> : http://www.hp.com/handheld/getting_help/support/calculators/zero_power.html
> : E-mail reply to neal at apex.net
> 
> This is an indeterminate quantity and has no meaning outside of the
> *process* by which the two quantities (x^y) vanish. The result can
> be any number whatsoever.
> 
> --
> 
> Lawrence R. Mead (lrmead at whale.st.usm.edu)
> ESCHEW OBFUSCATION ! ESPOUSE ELUCIDATION !
> http://www-dept.usm.edu/~scitech/phy/mead.html

Hi,

0^0 cannot be defined without introducing contradictions, the result
cannot be any number whatever. ~Ex(x=0^0).

Owen



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