I find technical topics relaxing, and it’s been too long since I have looked into the gaping maw of a handful of venomous formulas. Add to that the fact that this is a topic that I’ve been thinking about turning into a “one page cheat sheet”* with the most important facts summarised, and tonight I tackle…
Or as their parents call them when they are at home: floating point numbers.
Both the best and the worst thing ever invented to deal with fractional numbers in computing. Providers of so much convenience. Providers of so many lost hairs.
I haven’t done enough research yet to write my one-pager*, but this will be the most interesting part of my day today.
The results of my research can be found at: Floating Point One-Pager (2013-07-28).
* I am availing myself of the web definition of “one page”, meaning that it could literally be any length by the time I am done.
Links to some pages I’m reading through to get some perspective on the subject: