On Tue, 13 Jan 2004, Dave Thomas wrote:

> Ruby has to do full OO method dispatch for basic arithmetic operators.

Yes, but my guess is that that's more of an excuse and not the source of the
really slower aritmethic performance.
Python2.2's numbers are now also objects and thus it also has to check if it
has to do the same type of dispatching that Ruby does, yet its speed is much,
much closer to Perl's.