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* Re: [TUHS] [PiDP-11] Fun with Fortran on the PiDP-11
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@ 2022-03-13  4:43                   ` Adam Thornton
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From: Adam Thornton @ 2022-03-13  4:43 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Rob Pike, The Eunuchs Hysterical Society

> On Mar 12, 2022, at 2:02 PM, Rob Pike <> wrote:
> Indeed. Be careful about the code Numerical Recipes if you are doing
> important numerical work. 

> For simple stuff it's fine, of course, but floating point is a
> minefield that requires expert navigation.
> -rob

That's the seductive trap of floating-point numbers, isn't it?  They invite us to think about them as if they were the real numbers, but they are very, very much *not* the real numbers.  And yet, most of the time, for most applications, if you treat them as if they were, you get plausible results.


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