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This question is based on the introduction to the book "A History of Vector Analysis" by Michael J. Crowe which can be found here: https://web.archive.org/web/20040126161844/http://www.nku.edu/~curtin/crowe_oresme.pdf

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  • $\begingroup$ Strange, I thought that complex numbers go back to 1500s. $\endgroup$ – Moishe Kohan Oct 7 '17 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ They do. Even according to Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_vector#History) the idea for the vector came long after that. It looks so simple and yet it took so much time. $\endgroup$ – Yordan Oct 7 '17 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if the idea of vectors indeed goes to 1500s, then this is not late by any means, Europe was just getting out of the medieval times and science - from the medieval scholasticism. $\endgroup$ – Moishe Kohan Oct 7 '17 at 20:16
  • $\begingroup$ Please place the question in the body of the text, and a title in the title. It gets much more clear to read. $\endgroup$ – Rolazaro Azeveires Oct 8 '17 at 9:55
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@Moishe Cohen gave an answer in the comment section.

Well, if the idea of vectors indeed goes to 1500s, then this is not late by any means, Europe was just getting out of the medieval times and science - from the medieval scholasticism.

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