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 ▼ John Mosand Member Posts: 58 Threads: 15 Joined: Mar 2006 04-08-1999, 01:28 PM I was explaining RPN to a friend. He was somewhat unconvinced and said: -I would like to have a system that works like I do it on paper. That's how my calculator works. -OK, I said, -let's look at how you do it on paper. You write down the first number, right? -Right. -Then you write the second number, right? -Right. -Then you apply the operation, right? -Right. -And then you have the answer, right? -Right. -That's also exactly how RPN works, don't you see? He thought about it for a moment. -You are right! Now I'm convinced. ▼ DaveJ Posting Freak Posts: 1,092 Threads: 57 Joined: May 2007 04-08-1999, 05:23 PM It is amazing when people believe parentheses are natural and you always must have an equal sign, though there probably was a better marketing term than 'Reverse Polish Notation' which does sound complicated... ▼ John Mosand Member Posts: 58 Threads: 15 Joined: Mar 2006 04-09-1999, 02:25 PM You are right, Dave. Maybe it should have been something like RPN = Regular Popular Notation. (Any other ideas?) ▼ DaveJ Posting Freak Posts: 1,092 Threads: 57 Joined: May 2007 04-09-1999, 11:28 PM Well, it could be Naturally Efficient Arithmetic (or Algebraic) Technique (or NEAT for short)...

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