Tag: C/C++

Writeonly? A simple program translated from C to Forth
The old joke is that Forth is a “writeonly language”. in other words, you can write this stuff but you cannot understand it (and hence maintain it). Of course, any endorsement of this view is regarded as a heresy amongst many in the Forth community, but I have to admit that sometimes the Forthbashers have…

The unreasonable ineffectiveness of arithmetic with floating point numbers
Eugene Wigner’s wrote a famous short essay “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” in 1960. To be honest I find it slightly underwhelming: to me mathematics is the abstraction from physical reality and not – as might be implied by Wigner – that our physical universe is a concretised subset of a…