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Re: Multiplication by 0: non-zero in versions 8 and 9
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*Subject*: [mg131195] Re: Multiplication by 0: non-zero in versions 8 and 9
*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
*Date*: Sun, 16 Jun 2013 05:20:55 -0400 (EDT)
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In fact, the Mathematica behavior you observe in later versions, while
possibly disconcerting on strictly mathematical grounds, is reassuring
on software consistency grounds. Thus, the 9.0.1 documentation page
tutorial/ExactAndApproximateResults says:
"Whenever you give a number with an explicit decimal point,
Mathematica produces an approximate
numerical result [for a calculation involving that number]."
Personally, I would be unhappy if I did a calculation some of whose
numbers were approximate yet whose answer gave a misleading exact
answer.
On Jun 15, 2013, at 4:23 AM, Sotirios Bonanos
<sbonano at inp.demokritos.gr> wrote:
> Hello ,
>
> I have noticed that in all Mathematica versions <8, multiplying a real
or complex number by the integer 0 gives 0, but in versions 8 and 9
>
> Times[0, 0.567] gives 0.
>
> and
>
> Times[1.23 + I 2.45, 0] gives 0. + 0. I
>
> I don't know what prompted this change but it is definitely wrong: the
zero property of multiplication holds for real and complex numbers also
(see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplication#Properties) .
>
> Sotirios Bonanos
> http://www.inp.demokritos.gr/~sbonano/
>
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