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What the FORTRAN is ** Doing in Python ?


Exponentiation is just extended multiplication, or is it? Only up to a point. In reality, Real numbers don't really exist, there are only a finite number of Integers, negative zero is not always the same as positive zero, and Complex numbers really are. All of which make exponentiation both subtle and computationally expensive. A retrospective and prospective of the intricacies of reification of 'number' and the occasional futility of mathematical operations in particular, **.


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