Subject: Re: Slashdot From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 23:52:24 GMT Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * "Scott McKay" <firstname.lastname@example.org> | There's a newish book called "Where Mathematics Comes From", by | Lakoff and Nunez, which I highly recommend. It describes the "tower | of metaphors" that lead to the equation (= (+ (^ $e (* $pi $i)) 1) 0), | which requires a pretty lengthy discussion of infinity and infinitesimals. | The story of these concepts is, honestly, really fascinating. Is that (zerop (1+ (exp (complex 0 pi)))) in Common Lisp? :) /// -- Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate. -- Carrying a Swiss Army pocket knife in Oslo, Norway, is a criminal offense.