references/addrresses in imperative languages

Lawrence D’Oliveiro ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Mon Jun 20 01:04:43 EDT 2005

In article <1119220461.626477.56110 at>,
 "Xah Lee" <xah at> wrote:

>A[n] easy way to see this, is to ask yourself: how come in mathematics
>there's no such thing as "addresses/pointers/references".

Yes there are such things in mathematics, though not necessarily under 
that name.

For instance, in graph theory, edges can be considered as "pointers". 
After all, make a change to a node, and that change is visible via all 
edges pointing to that node.

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