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*To*: linuxgames@sunsite.auc.dk*Subject*: Re: (OT) Re: OpenGL scenegraph*From*: Jan Ekholm <chakie@infa.abo.fi>*Date*: Tue, 7 Sep 1999 13:03:34 +0300 (EEST)*Reply-To*: linuxgames@sunsite.auc.dk

On Mon, 6 Sep 1999, Bert Peers wrote: > > >Jan Ekholm wrote: > >> :-) I found a short paper on quaternions, but it started off with saying >> that quaternions are an extension to complex numberss. Hmm, I've always >> disliked those phantasy-numbers, they seem to be totally useless. > >Hehe, so are real numbers. Some real numbers (ie the ones that are not >a fraction (*)) like pi or e can't ever be written down, neither as a fraction or as >a finite behind-the-comma sequence of digits. In fact fractions aren't real >either, as any civil engineer knows "how much is 7/2 ? answer 3.499999" ;) <snippety snip> Oh, I didn't mean to offend math... :-) I just don't like math that much, and don't like to prove stuff just to see som stupid matrices work.I want math to be something where you have a nice documented formula into which you shove numbers and get nice results in the other end of the formula. Math is a tool for me. It should work out of the box. I don't want to tinker with it. That's why I don't want to nor know how to use math as math-hackers do. ---------------------+------------------------------------------------------ Jan 'Chakie' Ekholm | CS at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland Linux Inside | I'm the blue screen of death, no-one hears you scream

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