tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16693931.post8129753376269217229..comments2019-12-04T15:21:39.512+01:00Comments on Jonstraveladventures: Not all NonsenseUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16693931.post-11963794619275923872006-12-11T11:05:00.000+01:002006-12-11T11:05:00.000+01:00SN,
Clearly it's a millenium old problem because ...SN,<br /><br />Clearly it's a millenium old problem because they didn't have casios back then. <br /><br />The whole thing is particularly bizarre because not only is his solution not useful but having invented his own solution, which is perfectly reasonable, one must throw out the rules of basic algebra.<br /><br />It's a valid question to ask what happens when you change the basic tenets (axioms) of mathematics to see what sort of a mathematical system you get. <br /><br />This man's main point is that he has given computers a way to deal with this but, as you've just noticed computers do have a way to deal with it. Your casio has a particularly strange way to deal with it I'm afraid but the point is any computer programmer who has ever encountered an error should write a line that deals with a division by zero. Most computer systems provide the answer as NaN (not a number) and the programmer must then define what the program will do with the error. By calling this object nullity and letting the computer program perform mathematical manipulations on it is even worse because then you have not signalled that there is a problem when there clearly is one. <br /><br />Looking at the comments on the BBC website it seems that this guy is getting a pretty hard time. He should know better and should certainly be given a firm talking to. However, the main offender here is the journalist who should know better. Anyone writing about mathematics for the BBC should have a little more sense than this and perhaps, if he or she is unsure, should speak to another mathematician or computer scientist.Jonathan Shockhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11667852535983804885noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16693931.post-39195815241619664222006-12-11T10:47:00.000+01:002006-12-11T10:47:00.000+01:00Why is it a millenium old problem? I just did 5 di...Why is it a millenium old problem? I just did 5 divded by 0 on my calculator and it worked fine and said the answer was zero. If my cheap casio can do it then I'm sure everyone else can...Sitting Novationnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16693931.post-43509613794963054162006-12-10T19:57:00.000+01:002006-12-10T19:57:00.000+01:00Nullity? Nothing to worry about.Nullity? Nothing to worry about.Cyrus Cygnetnoreply@blogger.com