Zero to the Zero Power

By mathematical law, any non-zero number raised to the zero power is one; however, there is no fixed law that defines the value of zero raised to the zero power.

   BASH (Bourne-Again SHell):  
   $ echo $((0**0))

   dc (desk-calculator) command:  
   $ dc
   0
   0
   ^p
   1
   q

   python interpreter:
   $ python
   >>> print 0**0
   1
   ctrl-d

   TI-86 calculator:
   0^0
   ERROR 04 DOMAIN

   Ubuntu Linux scientific calculator:
   0^0
   Error

Google.com calculator says... 0^0 = 1

OakRoadSystems.com says... "evaluating 0^0 is a topic for your calculus course."

MathIsFun.com says... since x^0 = 1, then 0^0 = 1; but... since 0^n = 0, then 0^0 = 0; but... when in doubt 0^0 = "indeterminate."

M-W.com (Merriam-Webster Online) says indeterminate means "not definitely or precisely determined or fixed." Another definition provided by M-W.com was "being one of the seven undefined mathematical expressions 0/0, ∞/∞, ∞·0, 1, 00, ∞0, ∞ - ∞"

What power... When 00 equals 1, just like zero factorial (0!), nothing becomes something.

Update::2014.04.26

Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 07 May 2007

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