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who uses Imaginary Numbers in the real world?



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Mostly engineers and scientists, though some musicians, economists, and stockbrokers use them as well. Indirectly, everyone who has to deal with light switches, loudspeakers, electric motors, etc., uses imaginary numbers by using things that were engineered through the use of imaginary numbers.

Tim Mooney



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