[Tutor] church numerals

Luke Paireepinart rabidpoobear at gmail.com
Sun Nov 12 06:31:41 CET 2006

Danny Yoo wrote:
> <snip code above>
> The code above is a demonstration of a representation of numbers using 
> functions, more commonly known as "Church Numerals".  Functions are very 
> powerful.  *grin*
> So the fundamental notation of number isn't necessarily tied down to 
> anything except the operations we use on them.  We find it very convenient 
> to use positional notation because it takes advantage of our fingers and 
> our eyes; just don't be fooled into thinking that there's only one way to 
> represent number.
That was a really interesting link.
Thanks, Danny.
I never thought of our time as a base-60 number.
(referring to the Sexagesimal System subsection of that link)
Oh, and the church numerals were quite breathtaking :)

More information about the Tutor mailing list