A use for integer quotients

Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk qrczak at knm.org.pl
Tue Jul 24 08:56:25 CEST 2001


Tue, 24 Jul 2001 00:05:11 +0100, Stephen Horne <steve at lurking.demon.co.uk> pisze:

> The point is that we should the same symbol for the same meaning,
> exactly the same as mathemeticians.

It's not the same meaning. Seven divided by two is three according to
one meaning and three and a half according to the other. They can't
have the same meaning and yet give different answers for the same input.
Mathemeticians *do* denote integer 3 and real 3 in the same way, they
treat these inputs as interchangeable and distinguish by the operation.

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