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From: Jonathan Franklin (franklin.jonathan_at_[hidden])
Date: 20080226 16:01:00
On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Johan Råde <rade_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> The binary representation of floating point numbers is computer science,
> not mathematics.
> Numerical analysis is an interdisciplinary field, involving both
> mathematics and computer science.
Note that Indian mathematicians were using floating point numbers in the
14th century:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala_School
Binary representations would of course not be nearly as interesting until
the advent of computers... but number systems (including binary) are a part
of Mathematics.
Some might even argue that (theoretical) Computer Science is itself a branch
(or at least redheaded stepchild) of Mathematics.
;)
Jon
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