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Vectors, &c., at the British Association

Nature volume 74, pages 585586 (11 October 1906) | Download Citation



IN the report (August 30) of the discussion on the use and notation of vector analysis at the British Association is stated that I “deplored the substitution of vectors for quaternions.” The statement is misleading, for was it not Hamilton more than any other single man who taught us how to use vectors in product and quotient combinations? What I did and do deplore is the substitution of non-quaternionic vector algebras in all their variety of notation for the Hamiltonian or quaternionic vector algebra—a very different thing.

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  1. Edinburgh University, September 21.

    • C. G. KNOTT


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