[FOM] Fractional Iteration and Rates of Growth
ali enayat
a_enayat at hotmail.com
Mon May 1 22:46:17 EDT 2006
This is a reply to Dmytro Taranovsky's posting on May 1, 2006, dealing with
natural analogues of primitive recursive functions defined on the set of
positive reals.
The typical scenario in a foundations of analysis course is to extend the
addition, multipication, and exponentiation functions from the set of
natural numbers, first to the set of integers, then to the set of rational
numbers, and finally, by relying on appropriate limit arguments, to the set
of reals (or at least positive reals, e.g., for a^x, where a is required to
be positive).
As it turns out, one encounters highly nontrivial difficuluties in extending
*even the super exponentiation function* to the set of positive real
numbers. I suggest consulting the following URL for a taste of the state of
the art:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetration
Best regards,
Ali Enayat
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