operators as variables

macc_200 macc_200 at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Dec 6 18:43:05 CET 2008

just starting programming and have an elementary question after playing around with lists but cannot find the answer with googling.
I have a list of variables and I would like some of those variables to be integers and some to be operators so the list would look something like [5 * 4 - 4 + 6] and then be able to evaluate the result (i.e. get 10).  How do you make the interpreter see the operator as that instead of a string and just echo the list back to me.
(and suggestions for a decent Python book would be appreciated)

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