Comment made by: csm
I think the issue here is that in clojure.lang.Numbers, different variants of divide have different semantics. Numbers.divide(Object, Object) performs the isZero check, but Numbers.divide(long, double) does not (it just uses Java's division operator, which since the denominator is a double with value 0.0, produces Infinity).
A statement like (/ 1 0.0) gets compiled to call Numbers.divide(long, double), and thus produces Infinity. If the second argument is a function call or a var, it looks like an Object, so it gets compiled to use Numbers.divide(Object, Object), and that call throws when the second arg is zero (actually it compiles to a call to Numbers.divide(long, Object), but that just boxes the first argument and calls the other variant).
It does seem incorrect to have different semantics for division based on the inferred type at compile time; however, I don't know if this affects any other instance of division except divide-by-zero, so it's possibly not a practical problem.