Interesting Esoterica

Beastly Numbers

by Kahan, W
  • Published in 1996
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It seems unlikely that two computers, designed by different people 1800 miles apart, would be upset in the same way by the same two floating-point numbers 65535... and 4294967295... , but it has happened.

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@misc{Kahan,
	title = {Beastly Numbers},
	author = {Kahan, W},
	url = {http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/{\~{}}wkahan/tests/numbeast.ps},
	urldate = {2012-09-05},
	abstract = {It seems unlikely that two computers, designed by different people 1800 miles apart, would be upset in the same way by the same two floating-point numbers 65535... and 4294967295... , but it has happened.},
	comment = {},
	collections = {Basically computer science},
	year = 1996
}