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Proof that $\exp(x)$ is the only function for which $f(x) = f'(x)$

I know that that the equation that coincides with $f(x)=\dfrac{d}{dx}f(x)$ is the function $f(x)=e^x$

But how can it be calculated? What is the prove of that?


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  • $\begingroup$ Well, that depends. What definition of $e^x$ are you using? $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan Mar 22 '12 at 21:15

Of course the easiest way is just trying. But you can also notice that the equation implies that $f$ is infinitely differentiable. Whit a leap of faith you may assume it is analytic, and write its series expansion, plug it in the equation, and find its coefficients.


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