(in)exactness of complex numbers

David C. Ullrich ullrich at math.okstate.edu
Mon Aug 6 16:23:05 CEST 2001


On Mon, 06 Aug 2001 12:16:24 +0200 (MET DST), Mikael Olofsson
<mikael at isy.liu.se> wrote:

>
>On 03-Aug-2001 David C. Ullrich wrote:
> >  On Fri, 03 Aug 2001 11:31:44 +0200 (MET DST), Mikael Olofsson
> >  <mikael at isy.liu.se> wrote:
> > [...] It reminds
>me of a pupil in a basic carpentry class, who asked his teacher how many
>digits he needed for pi to make that circular thing that he was supposed 
>to make. Was the eight digits given by his pocket calculator enough? 
>Pi, his teacher replied, is just a little bit more than three.

Which is exactly right.

> > >I'm glad that I don't have to fear that my colleagues execute me if I
> > >find exceptional results.
> >  
> >  Just because it hasn't happened in a while doesn't mean it can't
> >  happen... my advice would be to stick to unexceptional results
> >  just to be on the safe side.
>
>:o)
>
>This thing is getting a little bit too off-topic, don't you think?

No doubt. Not sure whether I started it or not...

But I'll try to resist the urge to say that all this is
not what I meant to be saying, my point was just that
[look up point elsewhere and insert here].

>/Mikael
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