### 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 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.