Subject: Re: [stella] OT: Programming From: "Clay Halliwell" <clay.h@xxxxxxx> Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 21:29:09 0500 
 Original Message  From: "Roger Williams" <mer02@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <stella@xxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 10:20 PM Subject: Re: [stella] OT: Programming > > In any case, if a computer hasn't been built that can represent them, then a > > mathematical system hasn't been built that can represent them either. > > Of course it has. Mathematical systems have even been built  and a long, > long, long time ago by the ancient Greeks  which represent numbers that > aren't real, but are irrational. This is not even to get into things like Ummm... are we confusing "represent" for "calculate"? It's easy for a computer to represent, say, onethird: "1/3". There. Now, if you want to calculate the decimal equivalent, well that's a whole separate matter. Maybe computers can't calculate things to infinite precision, but neither can humans, so who are we to complain? Or is there just something magical about some mathematical systems that it's impossible to program their rules into a computer? > at the front of your mind. Programmers are like grape vines. Those > that produce the best results  whether wine or software  are > the ones that have to fight to produce anything at all. Of course, that also goes for the ones that produce the *worst* results. :)  Archives (includes files) at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/archives/ Unsub & more at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/
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