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 Are all complex numbers real? (Posted on 2006-08-24)
Let's "prove" that every complex number z is real.

If z=0 it's obvious. For all other complex numbers z=r*e^(θi), where r is a real number, and i=√-1.

Now, z= r*e^(θi)= r*(e^(2πi))^(θ/2π). Now as we know that e^(2πi)=1 we can write z =r*(1)^(θ/2π) → z=r.

What's wrong with this?

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exp^(ab)=(exp^a)6b does not apply to complex no.it is only for real numbers.if it apply to complex no then say b is complex

(exp^(a))^b=(cos a +sin a)^b=cos ab + sin ab

quantity ab is complex, so  cosine or sine of it is meaningless

exp^(θ*i)=cos θ + i sin θ   is not equal to

cos (θ*i)  + sin (θ*i)  as  your  reasoning  apply

 Posted by zohaib ahmed on 2007-03-05 11:57:32

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