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In 1934, Gelfond and Schneider independently proved the following theorem, which now bears their names:

Suppose EQN:a and EQN:b are algebraic numbers. Then EQN:a^b is transcendental unless !/ a=0, a=1, !/ or /b/ is rational.

(Obviously, if any of those conditions hold then EQN:a^b is in fact algebraic.)

This theorem implies that, for instance, EQN:sqrt{2}^sqrt{2} EQN:\sqrt{2}^\sqrt{2} and EQN:e^\pi are transcendental.
(The latter because otherwise EQN:-1=e^{i\pi}=(e^\pi)^^i EQN:-1=e^{i\pi}=(e^\pi)^i would be transcendental.)
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