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Ken
09-26-2012, 01:44 AM
Take the concluding sentence in a paragraph like this, for example:

Atoms are very small. They measure .3 nm in diameter. In inches that works out to .00000011811023622 [paragraph ends here]

... putting in a period after the number looks a bit strange and could create some momentary confusion, imo.

Bufty
09-26-2012, 02:10 AM
I can't be bothered to check but doesn't a decimal belong above the line?

That apart, I don't see how a period at the end of a string of numbers causes any confusion.

absitinvidia
09-26-2012, 02:41 AM
Take the concluding sentence in a paragraph like this, for example:

Atoms are very small. They measure .3 nm in diameter. In inches that works out to .00000011811023622 [paragraph ends here]

... putting in a period after the number looks a bit strange and could create some momentary confusion, imo.


Better to risk (extremely unlikely) momentary confusion than almost certain presumption that lack of end punctuation is an editing error, IMHO.

blacbird
09-26-2012, 02:52 AM
You need a period, period.

caw

Chase
09-26-2012, 03:07 AM
Did someone miss the point?

Jones()
09-26-2012, 03:45 AM
The period should be there, of course. Part of the problem here is not having a leading zero preceding the decimal: 0.3 nm and 0.00000011811023622. I'm not sure I've ever seen numbers less than one in print without a leading zero.

Susan Littlefield
09-26-2012, 05:25 AM
I hate math!

But, I know the period should be at the end of that sentence. :)

Ken
09-26-2012, 03:54 PM
The period should be there, of course. Part of the problem here is not having a leading zero preceding the decimal: 0.3 nm and 0.00000011811023622. I'm not sure I've ever seen numbers less than one in print without a leading zero.

... that leading zero makes a difference. Will employ it.

Thanks everyone.