Compare '15' eq '15.0' versus '15' == '15.0'! Or if this looks artificial, let's assume you've read one of the numbers from a XML file and the other from STDIN. Now both are stored as strings by Perl, strings that will be converted to numbers if needed, but still what you read from both sources were strings! How should Perl guess whether you wanted to compare them as strings or as numbers? And if Perl did try to guess, how would you make sure it guesses right?
Jenda Enoch was right!
Enjoy the last years of Rome.