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Charles Dodgson was a well respected mathematician who authored books on the subject. He had went on holiday where he made up a story for his friend's daughters to entertain them as they went on a boat ride. One of the girls loved it so much, she asked him to write it down and he obliged. A few years later, the concept of imaginary numbers was introduced to the world. He and many of his peers found this whole "imaginary numbers" idea preposterous, so much so that Dodgson wanted to prove how ridiculous the idea was with a book. He took the story he had written down for his friend's daughter, added and changed some things, and showed it to friends as a way to make fun of imaginary numbers and show a world that ran on that idea, which was a world of absolute nonsense. People of all ages enjoyed it so much that he decided to publish it, with a little bit of pushing. You can thank imaginary numbers for getting a wonderful book called Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
That’ll be François Viète. As if the French needed more reason for the world not to like them