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Division by Zero in Logic and Computing

Authors
  • Bergstra, Jan
Publication Date
Apr 19, 2021
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HAL-INRIA
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English
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Abstract

The phenomenon of division by zero is considered from the perspectives of logic and informatics respectively. Division rather than multiplicative inverse is taken as the point of departure. A classification of views on division by zero is proposed: principled, physics based principled, quasi-principled, curiosity driven, pragmatic, and ad hoc. A survey is provided of different perspectives on the value of 1/0 with for each view an assessment view from the perspectives of logic and computing. No attempt is made to survey the long and diverse history of the subject.

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