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Re^2: Algorithm questions...

by kaif (Friar)
 on Apr 15, 2006 at 01:03 UTC ( #543466=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Algorithm questions...

Five and a half years later: How did the Babylonians handle irrational numbers? Or should I just look at the book?

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Re^3: Algorithm questions...
by Elias (Pilgrim) on Apr 28, 2006 at 17:58 UTC
Apparently not wittingly, but they dit work on approximations to the root of 2. Babylonians had the basic concept of pythagoras's theorem, but the greeks gave birth to irrational numbers as such. It was one of pythagoras's pupils - Hipposus - who first struggled with the root of 2 and came to the conclusion that some numbers where irrational. Faced with such irrationality from one of his pupils, Pythagoras ordered Hipposus to be drowned.

(I can think of a student or two I may have done something similar to for lesser reasons ;).

http://www.geocities.com/mathimoh/irrational.html
http://members.aol.com/bbyars1/first.html
http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Real_numbers_1.html

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 [james28909]: check is is data or hash or array and do tasks then return needed data [Lady_Aleena]: james28909, you might want to look at the other two on my scratchpad. [james28909]: after you send to a sub, you can check if it is array or ref ect with ref [james28909]: check if it is a hash or an array ect with ref in one sub. [james28909]: like all the subs calling get_data get_array get_ect, you could just use get_data. once you send the data to get_data, check if it is a hash or an array ect. and do functions for each, in one sub [james28909]: that looks like it would be alot more work than just renaming the sub though lol [Lady_Aleena]: james28909, did you even look at the subs?

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