Hamilton, Rodrigues, and the Quaternion Scandal

  title={Hamilton, Rodrigues, and the Quaternion Scandal},
  author={S. Altmann},
  journal={Mathematics Magazine},
  • S. Altmann
  • Published 1989
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Magazine
  • The invention of the calculus of quaternions is a step towards the knowledge of quantities related to space which can only be compared, for its importance, with the invention of triple coordinates by Descartes. The ideas of this calculus, as distinguished from its operations and symbols, are fitted to be of the greatest use in all parts of science. Such robust language as Lord Kelvin's may now be largely forgotten, but the fact remains that the man in the street is strangely averse to using… CONTINUE READING
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