History & Background

While the previous list is far from comprehensive, it contains some of the pivotal moments throughout history that motivated the development of imaginary numbers and extending them towards complex numbers. Apparent from the timeline, the development of complex numbers was a long process where mathematicians continued to build off of previously developed ideas. You will notice as you dive into the explanation of complex numbers that many of the same algebraic properties hold when dealing with these numbers. The discoveries of these properties and other qualities of complex numbers were determined over time since the development of complex numbers. Even in the current day, mathematicians are able to advance the concept of complex numbers to find more applications from this truly "complex" idea.

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