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Subject: so, who invented the IMAGINARY NUMBER?

Date: Wed Jan 5 20:17:43 2000
Posted by Jamie
Grade level: 10-12 School: Monaca High School
City: Monaca State/Province: Pa Country: this one. the USA
Area of science: Science History
ID: 947125063.Sh

Hi. As a senior in High School in Pre-Calc, I would like to know about 
Imaginary numbers, which the class is studing. It is my assumption that 
understanding why on earth someone would want to know about a number that 
is, apparently, non-existant.  I also believe that if I knew who invented 
Imaginary numbers, I could then look up information on said individual, 
and perhaps understand the mystery of the "i"  a name of said individual 
would really help!  thank you.

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