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The article claims that Cauchy "was the first to define complex numbers as pairs of real numbers". Is this misleading? I would like to see a reference, because David M. Burton, in his The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, p. 611, states that Karl Gauss used a geometric interpretation of complex numbers without discussion in his dissertation (1799), explained it to Bessel in a letter in 1811, and published it in 1831. Burton goes on to say that Gauss' representation was in terms of points in the plane. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Scorwin (talk • contribs) 20:34, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
Besides, shouldn't consideration be given to Riemann and Weierstrass. Cauchy was the first of the three but not by much, but as distinguished a mathematician as Reinhold Remmert talks about the three different but equivalent approaches taken by the three and he gives due and equal respect to all three. Besides, the Cauchy-Riemann equations are named after two of these geniuses although the first appear in the work of d'Alembert. And Gauss was in possession of the Cauchy integral theorem by 1811. Honorary mention is also due to Jean-Robert Argand and Caspar Wessel. All the best 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:17, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
A recent edit raises an interesting issue. French does not have phonemic stresses since all words are accented on the last syllable. However, a reader who is not familiar with this fact may well wonder whether the name is pronounced "cAUchy" or "cauchY". Does wiki have a guideline on this? Tkuvho (talk) 12:44, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, Help:IPA for French says stress should not be marked in French pronunciation guides because it is predictable. Considering the pronunciation links to that explanation page, readers ignorant of this fact need only click the link to get filled in on it. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 15:27, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Many of them also resented his having earlier used the ultra-conservative political climate of the Restauration to advance his career?
This phrase was added without attribution in the recent edits. Since this amounts to a significant allegation, it should be presented as an allegation rather than fact. If included at all it should be properly sourced. Tkuvho (talk) 10:41, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi main authors, the sentence "Cauchy had two brothers: ... who also wrote several mathematical works." appears twice in the article. Is that intentional? Regards: Herbmuell (talk) 21:06, 8 July 2015 (UTC)