"Imaginary" numbers aren't imaginary. They exist, by definition. Much like the FSM. Therefore, I propose that such quantities henceforth be referred to as "noodly" quantities and "noodly numbers", and the convention of representing such quantities with the symbol i be immediately replaced with a notation succinctly defined by the following:

## A new mathematical notation

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- DavidH
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### Re: A new mathematical notation

I like it! I know no maths whatsoever, but it sounds promising.

### Re: A new mathematical notation

My next thought on my proposal is ... anybody know LaTeX/TeX well enough to build a setup that will swap \imath and \jmath with the proposed indicator?

### Re: A new mathematical notation

Or, heck, even just add a \noodly.

Hmm. E to the power of noodly pi .. sounds tasty.

Hmm. E to the power of noodly pi .. sounds tasty.

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### Re: A new mathematical notation

I suggest pillaging the § symbol. It already exists, but isn't currently used for anything mathematical.

(√-1) = §1

(√-1) = §1

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### Re: A new mathematical notation

Back in the day when I tried to study mathematics, my brain exploded when imaginary numbers were introduced. Now, 40 years later, I've crossed their path again. Help - my brain hurts

### Re: A new mathematical notation

Don’t worry ‘Sam, I must be 40 years further advanced. I thought an imaginary number was the pretty pirate wench of my dreams.

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