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The Sand Reckoner in Your ‘Langs

From:Alex Fink <000024@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 0:55
On Mon, 6 Apr 2009 16:01:40 -0400, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>

>Alex, someone on another forum pointed out the Chinese "fourth alternative", >but I didn't understand until I saw this: ><> >. It's basically like Knuth's "-yllion" system, using successive squaring
>at 10^8 and going up to 10^4096.
Aha, so it is. Good to see a natlang precedent.
>Knuth's words for numbers are worked out up to 10^(2^100), I believe; but >his notation for writing them aren't _fully_ worked-out beyond 10^32. >Do you agree?
Seems that way, yes. At least, I've seen presentations off Wikipedia that use , ; : as demarcators the same way; but the space ' nothing demarcators that continues with seems quite suboptimal. (Writing that I was reminded of TeX, another work of Knuth's, in which \, \: \; are commands which insert small spaces. Unfortunately that's the correct ordering by increasing size of space, so they don't match up.) Alex