By: Jan Wuzyk
In this article I am going to show that nowhere differentiable functions do in fact exists and give a few examples, some of which are relatively modern. But first I’m going to try to answer a question that is, in my opinion, too rarely discussed in mathematics classes, ”Why do we care?”.
Why we care
To answer this question we have to look into the history of mathematics. In 1821 Augustin-Louis Cauchy published his seminal book, Cours d’Analyse, this is generally recognized as the first serious attempt to put calculus on a rigours footing[Com] , mainly through introducing rigorous definitions of limits,continuity and differentiability among others, and the definitions that go with them2. This was also time the integral was defined as an area instead of simply as the antiderivative.
It should be noted that Cauchy by no means closed the issue of rigour in analysis but he provided a starting point.…