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Operating with binary numbers

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  • Subject: [mg59048] Operating with binary numbers
  • From: "Wishmaster" <wishmaster at>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:26:13 -0400 (EDT)
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I found that you can represent binary numbers in Mathematica with this:

 binary = 2^^110110101010111010

And BaseForm[binary, 10] returns the number in decimal form

I'd like to know if is there some function to test if a given bit of the 
binary number is on, and to do operations like "shifting" the binary number. 
I looked at the help but can't find anything.

I use Mathematica 5.0 on Windows XP.

[]s Renan (aka Wishmaster) - Canoas, RS, Brazil
"Rumor has it that, when they shut down the IBM 7094 at MIT in 1973,
they found a low-priority process that had been submitted in 1967 and had
not yet been run. "           -- From Silbershatz and Galvin, pp. 142-143.

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