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Re: (OT) Re: OpenGL scenegraph

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