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Re: Mathematica bug??

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  • Subject: [mg100587] Re: Mathematica bug??
  • From: Erik Max Francis <max at>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 03:06:44 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <h0fvlb$rct$> <h0i8eg$j7l$>

oshaughn wrote:
> Apologies ... this was a side effect of redefining 'Power' / the infix
> operator ^ to do wedge products for differential forms.  Apparently
> Inverse calls Power during this inversion, at least for some of the
> terms (?).  Hence the bug.
> The code worked when I wrote it (found it?) 10 years ago, ugly as it
> was.  But mathematica changes since then make this old kludge fail.

As a coincidence, I've been learning more about differential forms 
lately.  Which particular package for dealing with differential forms 
were you using?  (Note that there is a way around this, either way; use 
\[Wedge] instead of ^:

In[1]:= a^b // FullForm

Out[1]//FullForm= Power[a, b]

In[2]:= a \[Wedge] b // FullForm

Out[2]//FullForm= Wedge[a, b]

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