Given that a literal number not strictly an instance of Number, why can I call prototype methods of Number (or String, or Boolean) objects on the corresponding literal objects? Is this standard behavior across browsers?
What exactly is happening when this occurs? I suspect it's coercing the literal into the corresponding type before calling the method, because when I inspect
The literal is not coerced into an instance.
What happens internally, is that an instance is created, the value is copied to the instance and the method is carried out using the instance. Then the instance is destroyed. The literal is not actually being used to carry out the method. This "wrapper" object concept is also used with string primitives when they are used like String objects. This behavior is standard.