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On Aug 7, 2005, at 12:21 PM, Aubrey Jaffer wrote:
There is a third way: report a violation of an implementation restriction when trying to return numbers with more than, say, 16000 bits. Practical calculation on numbers larger than that would need FFT multiplication and other number-theoretic algorithms, which is a lot of hair to support execution of simple programming errors.
If you're saying that any computations that need more than 16,000 bits, then I'd point you to computational number theorists and others who use much bigger numbers. It would be good if these problems could be done practically in Scheme.