Programming languages and dimensions

@inproceedings{Kennedy1995ProgrammingLA,
  title={Programming languages and dimensions},
  author={Andrew John Kennedy},
  year={1995}
}
Scientists and engineers must ensure that the equations and formulae which they use are dimensionally consistent, but existing programming languages treat all numeric values as dimensionless. This thesis investigates the extension of programming languages to support the notion of physical dimension. A type system is presented similar to that of the programming language ML but extended with polymorphic dimension types. An algorithm which infers most general dimension types automatically is then… CONTINUE READING
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