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Subj:   Re: Derived Tables and 3710 Error
From:   Geoffrey Rommel

  The ! is not an exclamation mark, it's the maths symbol for faculty (don't know if that's the english word).  

As Claybourne mentioned, this is called "factorial" in English (or at least in the U.S.).

  I like the example using grains of sand in the manuals SQL Ref. 2 (R4.1) Chapter 2...  

I do too! That seems to be a sly allusion to Archimedes' work Psammites ("The Sand-reckoner"), in which he computes the number of grains of sand needed to fill the known universe. The work is considered noteworthy because in it he uses the Greek term "myriad" (10,000) as the basis for a systematic way of naming numbers of any size -- basically inventing exponential notation.

I know that has nothing to do with Teradata, but I just had to throw it in


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