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*To*: srfi-58@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*Subject*: Re: #\a octothorpe syntax vs SRFI 10*From*: "Bradd W. Szonye" <bradd+srfi@xxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 02:05:09 -0800*Delivered-to*: srfi-58@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*In-reply-to*: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0412312230050.26326@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*Mail-followup-to*: srfi-58@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx*References*: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0412311032200.20579-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> <41D5A36E.30205@xxxxxxxxxxx> <20050101041747.E9BA01B7711@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> <Pine.LNX.4.58.0412312230050.26326@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>*User-agent*: Mutt/1.4.1i

Aubrey Jaffer wrote: >> Another possibility is to use the word "natural" for nonnegative >> integers: >> >> exact 64.bit natural-number #nA:natural-64 >> exact 32.bit natural-number #nA:natural-32 >> exact 16.bit natural-number #nA:natural-16 >> exact 8.bit natural-number #nA:natural-8 bear wrote: > Nix. Not what mathematicians mean by "natural numbers." Guaranteed to > cause confusion when someone presumes that he can't store zero, or is > allowed to divide by something because it can't be zero, etc. I suspect that you have natural numbers and whole numbers confused. The natural numbers are the non-negative integers, and the whole numbers are the positive integers. > "Nonnegative" is the word that means what you want in mathematics, "Non-negative integer" and "natural number" are synonymous. -- Bradd W. Szonye http://www.szonye.com/bradd

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