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Complex -> List does not work




Hello!

I naively tried the following way of turning a complex number into a
couple of real numbers:

         2 + 3 I /. Complex -> List

but it gives me back

                2 + 3 I

even though the full form of 2+3I is Complex[2,3]. The reverse however
is possible:

   {2,3}/.List->Complex  gives  2+3I

The help browser says that "you have to use Re and Im to extract parts
of Complex numbers".

Why this exception to the basic principles of replacement rules?

                 Gianluca Gorni


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Gianluca Gorni
Universita` di Udine
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