The exponential of a complex number is a complex number. Does this extent to the quaternions and the octonions? Does the exponential of a quaternion give a quaternion? Does the exponential of an octonion give an octonion? Thanks.
So obviously the linear approximation for the exponential will be the same as the exponent. If the exponent is a quaternion, then the linear approximation will be a quaternion, and same goes for the octonions. However, the quaternions and octonions do not commute. I think this means that you can still get a quadratic approximation (correct me if I'm wrong), but odd numbered exponents will have two ways of being expressed, depending on whether you multiply from the left or right. So I don't know what to say about this.
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