OT: Language for the ages
pkoning at equallogic.com
Sat Oct 15 11:50:54 CDT 2005
>>>>> "Gordon" == Gordon JC Pearce <gordonjcp at gjcp.net> writes:
Gordon> Carlos E Murillo-Sanchez wrote:
>> by the numerical scientific computing community. I even know why,
>> but I don't want to star a language war.
Gordon> Aw go on, tell us... I for one would love to know why, if
Gordon> only to see if it's worth brushing up my rather rusty FORTRAN
It's one of very few languages (perhaps the only one, unless you count
shiny new C++ standards) in which complex numbers are a first class
data type. A lot of scientific computation involves complex numbers
(Fourier transform, electromagnetic field simulation, etc.), and being
able to write plain expressions instead of a tangle of function calls
is a big help.
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