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- Subject: Re: integer exponentiation with negative exponent
- From: Roberto Ierusalimschy <roberto@...>
- Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:08:39 -0300
> Let's add some rigor. In order to be consistent, Arithmetic is build
> on top of a algebraic field.
Why? Wolfram MathWorld, for instance, says "Arithmetic is the branch
of mathematics dealing with INTEGERS or, more generally, numerical
computation" (my emphasis).
Number theory (integers, too) is ususally called "higher Arithmetic".
-- Roberto