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I will admit to the breaking of a rule in this case and offering an opinion because we are referring to a controversy that set England and Continental Europe against each other, only matched in personal ferocity by the argument between Jacob and Johann Bernoulli about which of them first successfully applied the Calculus (which they learned through ...


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Nobody. Those who were first did not have a clear idea of real numbers or completeness, and by the time the concepts took shape those who used them were no longer first, see MacTutor, The real numbers: Stevin to Hilbert. The first to state completeness as an axiom, to back up his prior axiomatization of geometry, was Hilbert in Über den Zahlbegriff (1900), ...


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