Jason Bock

Camp Counselor

Big Numbers

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: Campsite 3


Numbers. How are they stored in computer programs? How big can they get? What the largest number ever calculated in a program? What is a "big" number, anyway? In this session, I'll cover numbers galore, especially as it pertains to development. We'll talk about floating-point, arbitrary-sized integers, fast algorithms, and some truly monstrous numbers in mathematics that we have no hope of ever expressing in code.

Take Aways

  • Understand how numbers and computation is handled in programming languages
  • See the benefits in using large precision arithmetic
  • Gain an appreciation for incomputable numbers
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