Re: Re: Bug Report - Two numerical values for a same variable
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- Subject: [mg54300] Re: [mg54271] Re: Bug Report - Two numerical values for a same variable
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 14:36:27 -0500 (EST)
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The manipulations below are precisely what's so confusing about Rational
objects (and Complex objects) being atoms. If
1/2 /. Rational[x_, 2] -> Rational[x, 7]
works, then why not the following?
Part[Rational[1, 2], 2]
I can "believe" that integers and reals (and maybe strings) are atoms;
but believing that rationals and complex numbers are atoms is a hard
thing to swallow!
This has always bothered me -- and hence given me trouble trying to, um,
rationalize this to students when I've taught Mathematica.
Scott Hemphill wrote:
> DrBob <drbob at bigfoot.com> writes:
>>That explains it, but only in the sense that "things fall down" is a theory of gravity. Why should Rationals be atomic, for goodness sake? And how did I use Mathematica all this time without hearing about it?
> In:= FullForm[1/2]
> Out//FullForm= Rational[1, 2]
> In:= 1/2 /. Rational[x_,2] -> Rational[x,7]
> Out= -
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