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Numerical disasters
Posted:
Sep 20, 2010 6:48 AM


Hello!
The probe "Mars Climate Orbiter" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Mars_Climate_Orbiter) fell because it was sending data using the metric system, while the team on Earth was interpreting these data in US customary units.
The error that caused the disaster of the Varig Flight 254(http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varig_Flight_254) was due a notation interpretation: 0270 was interpreted as 270 degrees and not as 27.0 degrees by the pilot.
Anyone know of other examples of numerical disasters?
Thanks in advance, Humberto.



