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**mathnerd** I haven't read about the history of quaternions vs. vectors in great detail (I'm more interested in the math, not the bickering) but from the little I've seen, it seems as though Hamilton overreached with his quaternions and turned into some sort of prophet for people favoring quaternions over vectors. It's one bizarre part of the history of math I never quite understood, how quaternions manage to create these cults. People are still bickering over them if you look online in the right places.

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