Who is the father of powers and exponents?

 The Bernoulli family was prominent in the late 1600's in the field of mathematics. Very important concepts of math were developed in the Netherlands. Jacob Bernoulli wrote an important paper in 1684 about algebra and exponents. There are earlier references to the word exponent (before BC). Another word for it is: powers, or how many times a number is multiplied, or "squared." 

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