NaN, 1.#IND, 1.#INF, and all that

If you’ve ever been surprised by a program that printed some cryptic letter combination when you were expecting a number, you’ve run into an arithmetic exception. This article explains what caused your problem and what you may be able to do to fix it.

IEEE floating-point exceptions

Here’s a teaser. If x is of type float or double, does the expression (x == x) always evaluate to true? Are you certain?

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