. There's normally just one on any page.
It's so much easier to shoot them down that way.
is the greatest of the negative integers. Sounds like an ego trip.
If using TwosComplement?
has the same bit-pattern as the maximum representable unsigned machine integer.
And is generally represented in a computer as a string of all-set bits, or in hexadecimal as all 'F's.
As opposed to NegativeZero?
, which has no representation in 2's-complement, but does in other schemes.
Well, to be exhaustive, wouldn't you need to say something about its square root? I mean, where would complexity and ChaosTheory
be without imaginary numbers?
- i = sqrt(-1)
Of course, engineer call it j
The value -1 is often used in software as a special value to indicate "error", or "not applicable", or "missing value" (see ZeroMeansNull
). Many people consider this to be a bad idea, a remnant of low-level programming languages and simplistic storage techniques.
The value -1 is also equal to the value TRUE in many (scripting) languages. This makes sense, if you consider that its binary equivalent has all bits set to 1 (e.g. 11111111 for a 8-bit value). So binary spoken, false equals 00000000, and true equals 11111111. (ANS ForthLanguage
is an example.)
A few years ago, a questionnaire was making its way through e-mail boxes. I sent it to an old friend from college. Here is part of his response:
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE...
31. Salad Dressing: Roquefort.
32. Color of socks: Black
33. Number: eip (i.e., )
34. Why?: People tell me I'm a negative one.
So, of course, I shot him. -- ElizabethWiethoff
That is pronounced "
e to the power of
pi". For explanation, see this article about Euler's Identity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euler%27s_identity