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A historical walkthrough with L’Hospital, from indeterminates to applied problems in mathematics


  • Abueg, Luisito


A mathematical-historical revisit of the controversy of GFA L'Hospital and J Bernoulli, and related developments in the history of calculus in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This paper presents some of the indeterminate forms occurring in problems in mathematics and statistics relevant to economic analysis.

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  • Abueg, Luisito, 2016. "A historical walkthrough with L’Hospital, from indeterminates to applied problems in mathematics," MPRA Paper 79011, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Apr 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:79011

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    1. Balk, Bert M., 2004. "Decompositions of Fisher indexes," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 107-113, January.
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    calculus; L’Hospital’s rules; mathematical history; mean value theorem; logarithmic mean; mathematical statistics; recreational mathematics;

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    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools

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