Re: Re: When is a List not a List?
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- Subject: [mg90997] Re: [mg90956] Re: [mg90947] When is a List not a List?
- From: DrMajorBob <drmajorbob at att.net>
- Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 03:27:25 -0400 (EDT)
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- Reply-to: drmajorbob at longhorns.com
"the world is full of functions with parameters that can be evaluated pointwise (once numeric parameters have been substituted) but cannot be evaluated [properly] by Evaluate" Ah! I see your point, and a good point it is. Bobby On Fri, 01 Aug 2008 15:44:12 -0500, Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl> wrote: > On 1 Aug 2008, at 21:18, DrMajorBob wrote:> >> In light of all that, in what way have the rest of us failed to >> understand "a bit of mathematics"? > > Te bit of mathematics (and computer algebra) you clearly do not > understand is the very basic fact when you solve many kinds of algebraic > equations with symbolic parameters you inevitably introduce parasite > solutions. When you use numeric parameters Solve can verify which of > theses are correct. The rest of the discussion is totally besides the > point, and so is using Reduce (for example, because one can easily come > up with equations that Reduce will not manage). > The example was meant to illustrate the very trivial and elementary fact > that the world is full of functions with parameters that can be > evaluated pointwise (once numeric parameters have been substituted) but > cannot be evaluated by Evaluate. This is so basic and there are so many > examples of it that I do not see any point in discussion this farther. > > Andrzej Kozlowski > > -- DrMajorBob at longhorns.com