[FOM] A question concerning continuous functions

Steve Stevenson steve at cs.clemson.edu
Sun Feb 2 19:40:16 EST 2003

I would like to ask the historical question. Who first talked about
continuous functions and what was their motivation? Does the
\epsilon-\delta definition arise in the early discussions? It seems to
me that there are two senses of this question: (1) Historical ---
leading up to today's understanding and (2) Current --- what do we
expect PhD candidates in analysis to know?


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