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Which came first, the natural logarithm or the base of the natural logarithm?

31 votes
4 answers
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What did the Soviets do with German scientists after WWII?

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1 answer
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In what instances did Wolfgang Pauli say that something was 'not even wrong'?

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Who first used the word "calculus", and what did it describe?

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Why did Einstein stop publishing so many papers in Annalen der Physik?

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What was the typical format of a 16th century mathematical debate?

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Why is the natural logarithm represented by $\ln$?

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What were Newton's six laws of motion?

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1 answer
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When was string theory first heralded as a theory of everything?

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Who was the first to use the phrase "the standard model" of something?

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1 answer
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What were Riemann's other two submissions for his habilitation?

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Did Darwin ever express his views on eugenics?

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Why is Minkowski's question mark function denoted by a question mark?

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1 answer
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Which German scientists had their Nobel Prizes seized during World War II?

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491 views

When were the abbreviations of chemical elements standardized?

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When did the idea of naming asteroids after humans come about?

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1 answer
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When the Superconducting Super Collider was built, was the future of the site planned for?

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1 answer
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Who invented the Haversine formula (or at least the oldest paper in which it was cited)?

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How many papers on general relativity did Marcel Grossmann author or co-author?

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How did the theory of the Horus-eye fractions originate?

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491 views

Where did the term "tauon" come from?

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1 answer
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Who invented the swan-necked flask?

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How did Ramanujan empirically obtain these errors?

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Which physicist defended the Superconducting Super Collider?

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Why is the Dirac delta "function" often presented as the limit of a Gaussian with a fraction in the exponent?

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1 answer
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What theoretical basis did Reimers base his mass loss law on?

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Were Lagrangian coordinates or Eulerian coordinates used first in continuum mechanics?

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Before the IAU, what was the international governing body for naming astronomical bodies?

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What happened to the data from the survey that discovered the first pulsars?