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Re: Issue: REAL-NUMBER-TYPE (version 2)
- To: CL-Cleanup@sail.stanford.edu
- Subject: Re: Issue: REAL-NUMBER-TYPE (version 2)
- From: Jeff Dalton <jeff%aiai.edinburgh.ac.uk@NSS.Cs.Ucl.AC.UK>
- Date: Tue, 10 Jan 89 01:23:40 GMT
> The name "non-complex number" is incorrect because future
> implementations may wish to include numerical types which are neither
> complex nor real. [e.g. pure imaginary numbers or quaternions]
> The name "scalar" is incorrect because the mathematical concept of
> scalar may indeed include complex numbers.
> Fortran and Pascal use the name "real" to mean what CL calls
> SINGLE-FLOAT. [More about F and P.]
Scheme uses REAL to mean more or less what's being proposed for CL.