This section describes some of the issues involved in using floating-point numbers.
There is a very nice paper on floating-point arithmetic by David Goldberg, “What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-point Arithmetic,” ACM Computing Surveys 23, 1 (1991-03), 5-48. This is worth reading if you are interested in the details, but it does require a background in computer science.
|• String Conversion Precision:||The String Value Can Lie.|
|• Unexpected Results:||Floating Point Numbers Are Not Abstract Numbers.|
|• POSIX Floating Point Problems:||Standards Versus Existing Practice.|