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But what does it have to do with imaginary numbers which do not represent reality in and of themselves?
There is no square root of negative one. It's just a trick that happens to make some mathematics work.
I'm just pointing out that many mathematical concepts have a real world basis and perhaps imaginary numbers might too.
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
reply to post by ImaFungi
So couldn't an irrational number represent the distance between us by using some very tiny incremental scale of measurement?
Well the smallest level of measurement you could probably get down to is the planck scale, so you wouldn't need an infinite amount of precision, so the result would never be an irrational number.
There is no square root of negative one. It's just a trick that happens to make some mathematics work.
the biggest problem i have with it is that an infinite quantity cannot exist within time
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by ChaoticOrder
Are you a mathematician?
What has led you to this conclusion?
I see. That's the problem then. I can't follow it to the same conclusion you reach.
and my reasoning has been provided in this thread.
What if time is infinite? I do find it hard to consider a time when time did not exist. Since time does not have a beginning, therefore time does not have an end. As for irrational numbers debate, what happens to the imaginary sign as it passes through powers of them and where exactly does the sign move? For example i^0.9 or i^1.1
Question: How you express i in floating point arithmetic?
1.5 x 1.5i = 2.25i
-1.5 x 1.5i = -2.25i
1.5i x 1.5i = -2.25
-1.5i x 1.5i = 2.25
My use of imaginary numbers is simply to define vectors in a 2D space of 4 quadrants
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
reply to post by ChaoticOrder
you would have to designate another symbol to represent a "meta-i"
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
reply to post by micpsi
Imaginary numbers are for children.
There are only four possible division algebras: real numbers(1-dimensional), complex numbers (2-dimensional); quaternions (4-dimensional) and octonions (8-dimensional).
The key point you are overlooking is that imaginary numbers are different from all of those. Tell me, how many dimensions does an imaginary number have?
I am not overlooking ANYTHING. It is you and others here who are overlooking the bigger, mathematical picture.
1.5i x 1.5i = -2.25