Sunday, July 20, 2008
For positive integers,
Multiplication is the same as repeated addition.
Exponentiation is the same as repeated multiplication.
There are two ways to go with this: what is repeated exponentiation? and what, repeated, is addition?
Repeated exponentiation is known as tetration.
The step below addition might be the increment operator (adding one.) Another possibility is called zeration. Both have some things going for them.
Any of these functions can be extended to work on real numbers. The picture is from the wikipedia article on tetration. I thought it was pretty.