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joao lobato <> writes:

> Well, I think  you guys know your Algebra and your Calculus better
> than me.

And better than computers.  The arguments so far have been utterly
irrelevant with regard to posing a complication.  In particular since no
sensible implementation will leave the computer's idea of the exact real
subfield by accident (apart from sqrt(-eps) which would error out in
real arithmetic).  Which is actually rather funny if you realize that
this is exactly the rationale why Lua is happy without a separate
integer type.

The real complication is efficiency regarding speed and memory use.

David Kastrup