Why can't imaginary numbers be irrational?

Hailee Stout
2022-05-13
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Why can't imaginary numbers be irrational?

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Answered 2022-05-14
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If you defined irrational numbers as $\mathbb{C}\setminus \mathbb{Q}$ rather than $\mathbb{R}\setminus \mathbb{Q}$, then you would be in the uncomfortable position of calling both $i+1$ and $\sqrt{2}+\pi i$ irrational, even though the first looks almost like a rational, even an integer, whereas the second looks more like what we expect from an irrational.

Instead, it's cleaner to define Gaussian rationals as those complex numbers $a+bi$ where both $a$ and $b$ are rational. So the first example above is a Gaussian rational (in fact a Gaussian integer), whereas the second is not.

Instead, it's cleaner to define Gaussian rationals as those complex numbers $a+bi$ where both $a$ and $b$ are rational. So the first example above is a Gaussian rational (in fact a Gaussian integer), whereas the second is not.

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