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Transcendental

Transcendental in philosophical contexts

In philosophy, transcendental experiences are experiences of an exclusively human nature that are other-worldly or beyond the human realm of understanding.

Things sometimes considered transcendental are religion, parts of philosophy (especially metaphysics and ontology), humour, death and more.

See also metaphysics.

Transcendental field elements in mathematics

A transcendental function in Mathematics includes all the trigonometric functionss and logarithmic functions.

A transcendental element ξ of a field extension K over the field F is an element that is not the solution of a polynomial equation with coefficients in F, i.e., if there exists no polynomial

P(x) = an xn + ... + a1 x + a0,

with all aiF, such that P(ξ) = 0.

In the case of the field C of complex numbers or the field R of real numbers, a transcendental number is a number which is transcendental over the field Q of rational numbers.

See also: (spiritual) transcendentalism, (technological) transhumanism