# [Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

**Paul Prescod
**
paul@prescod.net

*Mon, 27 May 2002 10:41:23 -0700*

"Martin v. Loewis" wrote:
>*=20
*>* pinard@iro.umontreal.ca (Fran=E7ois Pinard) writes:
*>*=20
*>* > > I also use 2.0 as the lowest common denominator.
*>* >
*>* > Linguistic problem :-). Should we say "greatest" instead of "lowest"=
*?
>* > Granted that the greatest common denominator is not "greatest" in any=
* other
>* > way, but it is lower or equal than any of the things we consider. Th=
*e real
>* > "lowest" common denominator might be very close to nothing, might it =
*not?
>*=20
*>* For any two natural numbers, the lowest common denominator is
*>* 1. Finding the greatest (largest?) common denominator is indeed what
*>* involves an algorithm.
*
GCD =3D greatest common divisor
LCD =3D lowest common denominator
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=3Dgcd&r=3D67
http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=3Dlcd&r=3D67
Paul Prescod