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About irrational logarithms

Could someone provide, please, a proof of the theorem below? "Being $x$ and $b$ integers greater than $1$, which can not be represented as powers of the same basis (positive integer) and integer ...
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Why does an equiangular spiral become logarithmic (intuitively)?

One of the most famous 2D-curves are logarithmic spirals (or Spira mirabilis). They can be constructed by using a machinery that ensures a constant angle between the tangent and the radial lines all ...
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What is the x in $\log_b x$ called?

In ba = x, b is the base, a is the exponent and x is the result of the operation. But in its logarithm counterpart, logb(x) = a, b is still the base, and a is now the result. What is x called here? ...
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How did the notation “ln” for “log base e” become so pervasive?

Wikipedia sez: The natural logarithm of $x$ is often written "$\ln(x)$", instead of $\log_e(x)$ especially in disciplines where it isn't written "$\log(x)$". However, some mathematicians ...
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What's so “natural” about the base of natural logarithms?

There are so many available bases. Why is the strange number $e$ preferred over all else? Of course one could integrate $\frac{1}x$ and see this. But is there more to the story?
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Exponential and log functions compose to identity

How to prove that the exponential function and the logarithm function are the inverses of each other? I want it the following way. We must use the definition as power series, and must verify that all ...