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From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 20010423 12:26:53
> Original Message
> From: John Maddock [mailto:John_Maddock_at_[hidden]]
> Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2001 12:02 PM
> To: INTERNET:boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [boost] Boost.MathConstants: Review
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> How does this library interact with the POSIX standard, see
> http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007908799/xsh/math.h.html for a
> listing, these don't cut and paste well :(
>
> I assume that this library provides a superset of these values?
All the POSIX constants are only double precision,
there are only a few of them, and I think I include all of them
(I'll check this).
math.h  mathematical declarations
header provides for the following constants.
The values are of type double and are accurate within the precision of the
double type.
M_E Value of e
M_LOG2E Value of log2e
M_LOG10E Value of log10e
M_LN2 Value of loge2
M_LN10 Value of loge10
M_PI Value of
M_PI_2 Value of pi/2
M_PI_4 Value of pi/4
M_1_PI Value of 1/pi
M_2_PI Value of 2/pi
M_2_SQRTPI Value of 2/pi
M_SQRT2 Value of sqrt(2)
M_SQRT1_2 Value of 1/sqrt(2)
I personally don't like the naming  namespaces allow much nicer names.
We could use these as check, but only double precision.
http://dlmf.nist.gov is much more relevant  but we are a bit ahead in
tackling the much simpler problem of constants.
Long term, I believe BOOST needs the functions that they plan to provide.
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