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Complex number paradox

  1. Oct 25, 2011 #1
    Nothing much, I have this:

    I have studied (myself) about this for many days.
    And I believe that, for some conditions
    gif.latex?\dpi{150}%20(e^\psi)^\phi\neq%20e^{\psi\phi}.gif for a complex ψ,ϕ

    What are those conditions I mentioned about? And which field of study I should go to see?
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  3. Oct 25, 2011 #2


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    Your first equation is obviously wrong, as you can see. For the second question, there are no conditions where it doesn't hold.

    The problem lies in the fact that for non-integer exponents, the expression is not single valued.
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