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python type conversion exhibiting unexpected behavior

Steve Bink
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Can someone please explain why this is?  And more importantly, how to correct it...

$> python
Python 2.6.6 (r266:84292, Sep 12 2011, 14:03:14)
[GCC 4.4.5 20110214 (Red Hat 4.4.5-6)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> a='97757589545391667'
>>> a
'97757589545391667'
>>> int(a)
97757589545391667
>>> float(a)
97757589545391664.0

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