Re: Calling all math whizzes

Subject: Re: Calling all math whizzes
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:29:40 -0700

OK, you win.

2^80 it is.

Thanks

On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com> wrote:

> If the audience is IT/web folks, then "2^80" is the most clear
> expression of the number. The "^" character is the standard notation
> for exponent, i.e., if you do this at a shell prompt:
>
> $ echo 2 80^p | dc
> 1208925819614629174706176
>
> Since IT/web folks aren't math people, we never see "2^80" as "2 to the
> 80th power" but we read that as "80 bits." Using an actual
> superscripted "80" would be confusing, as it would look more like a
> numerical value, 2 to the 80th power, or approximately 1.2e24 (aka 1.2 *
> 10^24).
>
> Just throwing my 2^1 cents out there :-) ...
>
>
> On 10/13/14 1:49 PM, Chris Morton wrote:
> > I've never seen this nomenclature before: 2^80
> >
> > Does this mean 2 to the 80th power?
> >
> > Is there a better way to express it, such as eliminating the carat and
> > superscripting the 80?
> >
> > The target audience is IT folks running data centers and other web
> geeks. I
> > don't think anyone can assume that each has a higher mathematics degree.
>
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Calling all math whizzes: From: Chris Morton
Re: Calling all math whizzes: From: Dossy Shiobara

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