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The great exponentiation controversy

From: "Handbook of Mathematical Tables and Formulas,"  R. S. Burington

Formulas and Theorems from Elementary Mathematics

     Laws of Exponents

     a^0 = 1   if a not equal to 0


On Mon, 16 Nov 1998, Roy Welch wrote:

> My HP-41C produces 1.00 for zero to the zero power.  I was taught that
> anything raised to the 0 power is one.
> Joe Fitzgerald wrote:
> > 
> > In case anyone cares, my trusty HP-15C throws an error, as does Excel 97
> > on 0^0.

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