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comment Why are floating point numbers used often in Science/Engineering?
@MichaelGrünewald, we can't represent real numbers exactly, but we are able to solve problems to a close enough approximation that we can build structures a couple thousand feet high, identify genes in DNA, and rendezvous a satellite with a comet after two years in space. To paraphrase Randy Newman, that may not be exact, but it is all right. In fact we can represent rationals exactly using arbitrary precision libraries (subject to limitations of memory).
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comment Why are floating point numbers used often in Science/Engineering?
@gnat I disagree that the question is overly broad. It's actually very easily answered, and the fact that all the answers and comments are in agreement (and indeed somewhat repetitive) is evidence that it is not simply a matter of opinion.
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