Subject: Re: Slashdot
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 23:52:24 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* "Scott McKay" <>
| 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?  :)

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