From: Bob Larter on
Savageduck wrote:
> On 2009-11-20 19:09:55 -0800, tony cooper <tony_cooper213(a)earthlink.net>
> said:
>
>> On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:31:09 -0800, Savageduck
>> <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Along with 2 Faber Castell slide rules, I still have my old book of
>>> log/antilog and trig tables. Use the word "mantissa" today, and see
>>> what sort of baffled looks you will get from kids.
>>
>> What? Spanish ladies don't wear veils today?
>
> Forget Spanish ladies and veils, think in terms of significand.
> Traditional usage of "mantissa" regarding logarithms refers to the
> fractional part of a logarithm.

The term is also used in programming to refer to the fractional part of
a floating point number.

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