how to get string in sci. notation to a number?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg123251] how to get string in sci. notation to a number?*From*: "1.156" <rob at piovere.com>*Date*: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 07:04:29 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com

I've been able to get a text file with data into a list of strings of the following form: {{"4.998865e+000", "9.564453e-006"}, {"5.630450e+000", "9.194384e-006"}, {"6.113276e+000", "8.134170e-006"}} After many hours I've really gotten nowhere except that it's most likely done with ToExpression which works fine with simple decimal numbers in string form. Must I really split up the strings, suck out the exponents, and then multiply them out to be able to use these numbers in a ListPlot? Any hints would be appreciated. -- Sent from my plain desktop PC.

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: how to get string in sci. notation to a number?***From:*Bob Hanlon <hanlonr357@gmail.com>