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Thomas Bushnell BSG scripsit: > > While they seem silly for small integers, inexact integers make sense > > for huge values. For example, people often round huge integers to the > > nearest million or billion. An even better example: Avogadro's number is > > an integer, but it should not be represented as an exact integer, > > because its exact value is unknown. > > What makes you think Avogadro's number is an integer? A bad example, no doubt. But the current world population, though unquestionably an integer, is not exactly known, and it is quite plausible to say that it is 64########. -- John Cowan jcowan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx www.reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan Rather than making ill-conceived suggestions for improvement based on uninformed guesses about established conventions in a field of study with which familiarity is limited, it is sometimes better to stick to merely observing the usage and listening to the explanations offered, inserting only questions as needed to fill in gaps in understanding. --Peter Constable