# Talk:Whole numbers

Whole numbers are defined differently by various mathematicians, have a look here. We should - perhaps - include the same advice as WolframMathWorld does: "Due to lack of standard terminology, the following terms are recommended in preference to "counting number," "natural number," and "whole number.""

set name symbol
..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ... integers $\mathbb{Z}$
1, 2, 3, 4, ... positive integers $\mathbb{Z}^+$
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, ... nonnegative integers $\mathbb{Z}^*$
0, -1, -2, -3, -4, ... nonpositive integers
-1, -2, -3, -4, ... negative integers $\mathbb{Z}^-$

Personally, I view the whole numbers as $\mathbb{Z}$, but try to avoid the term, and use the term integer instead... --BRichtigen 16:51, 19 November 2008 (EST)