Can the same words mean both a common fraction and a decimal fraction?
Ether is so rare that its density, compared with water, is represented by a decimal fraction with twenty-seven ciphers before it.
He was an engineer and a soldier, and his La Disme was the first separate treatise on the decimal fraction.
Expressed as a vulgar fraction it is 2/3; but as a decimal fraction it is .6666 ad infinitum.
We do all this consciously, in full statistical knowledge to a decimal fraction.
decimal fraction A decimal having no digits to the left of the decimal point except zero, such as 0.2 or 0.00354. |