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Re: #\a octothorpe syntax vs SRFI 10
Aubrey Jaffer wrote:
>> Another possibility is to use the word "natural" for nonnegative
>> 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
> 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