Exponential Notation and integers

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Fri Nov 19 00:49:46 CET 2004

Timothy Fitz wrote:

> Why are all numberical literals in exponential notation floats? To me
> it is counter-intuitive for 1e3 to behave so fundamentally different
> from 1000.

Probably primarily by convention.  Most language use computerized 
scientific notation to represent floating point numbers, not integers. 
It makes sense, after all:  should 1.344e3 be an int, but 1.344e2 be a 

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