Python fails on math

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Tue Feb 22 14:38:46 EST 2011

On 2011-02-22, Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:
> In article <ik0rmr$ck4$1 at>,
>  Grant Edwards <invalid at invalid.invalid> wrote:
>> Python doesn't do equations.  Python does floating point operations.
> More generally, all general-purpose programming languages have the same 
> problem.  You'll see the same issues in Fortran, C, Java, Ruby, Pascal, 
> etc, etc.  You'll see the same problem if you punch the numbers into a 
> hand calculator.

Some hand calculators use base-10 (BCD) floating point, so the
problems aren't exactly the same, but they're very similar.

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