Re: [Python-ideas] float('∞')=float('inf')

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Fri Jul 12 16:53:21 CEST 2013

On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 12:52 AM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM, Gerald Britton
> <gerald.britton at> wrote:
>> Man I don't know how you are doing this!  I just tried:
>> float('<greek letter pi>') and got
>> Value error: could not convert string to float '<greek letter pi>'
>> For that matter, I can't figure out how to type the greek letter for
>> pi in gmail!  Guess I have some things to learn.
>> So, if Python doesn't recognize the symbol for pi, why should it
>> recognize the one for infinity?
> Considering that Python can't represent π in a float anyway, I
> wouldn't be too bothered. And what else? float('τ') for twice that
> value? Not really necessary imho.
> ChrisA

Take no notice of me going insane over here. Nothing to see, move
along, these are not the neurons you're looking for!


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