(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.4355) How many Fortran programmers are there?

Loren P Meissner LPMeissner
Wed Nov 17 20:27:01 EST 2010

If nobody insists that the estimate be a "real number," just say it's

(Probably just as accurate as Van's estimate, which would depend on whose
hat you pull the random numbers out of.)


Two more possible alternatives:

Implement interval arithmetic in each different programming language,
declare a constant for interval 1.0, and compute 1.0/(1.0 - 1.0) in interval
arithmetic in each language.

Ask some medieval scholar how many angels he decided could dance on a pin.

Loren P Meissner

"Truth depends on a quest to discover what's really out there, what really
happened. It isn't given over to you by simply following a set of rules." -
Errol Morris
"Math education is not something you can dictate. The way to make a tree
grow is not to yank it upward by the branches. " - Professor Hung-Hsi Wu, UC


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I have been asked if I can estimate how many Fortran programmers there are.
Does anyone have any thoughts?




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