Talk:Whole numbers

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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)

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