Yost, Don M. Formerly, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
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An associative, noncommutative algebra based on four linearly independent units or basal elements. Quaternions were originated in Dublin, Ireland, on October 16, 1843, by W. R. Hamilton (1805–1865), who is famous because of his canonical functions and equations of motion which are important in both classical and quantum dynamics.
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