Before the conception of negative numbers, mathematicians considered calculations such as '4 - 5' nonsensical. When defining and adopting the concept of negative numbers, a notation was immediately obvious. '-' with the negative quantity appended was adopted.
Before the conception of the "imaginary" numbers, mathematicians considered statements such as "The square root of negative 1" as nonsensical. When adopting "imaginary" numbers, a notation in which the value i
, as a factor of the "imaginary" quantity in question. Such numbers are not actually "imaginary" - we may only perceive them by thinking about them, but their existence in our mathematical models has distinct effects.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is like these "imaginary" quantities - imperceptible, but existing by definition.
Noting that use of the symbol i
may tend to confuse some, as it looks like an ordinary constant - something like Euler's constant, or pi - and noting that these numbers exist by definition, much like the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I humbly submit the following proposal:
The misnomers of "imaginary" quantities and "imaginary numbers" should be immediately corrected by a nomenclature change to to "noodly" quantities and "noodly numbers".
The notational inconvenience of using i
should be corrected by a notational change which is quite analogous to the notation for negative numbers, as displayed in the following image:http://oi42.tinypic.com/6og741.jpg
Thank you for your time.