==> pickover/pickover.05.s <== ------------------------- Some serious roundoff error going on here, but... The sequence 22.45906, 17600.22, 0.34714E+22 is clearly meant to be: Pi^e, (Pi^e)^Pi, ((Pi^e)^Pi)^e, so the next term should be (((Pi^e)^pi)^e)^pi = 1.80169E36. Actually, it looks like you were using "pi" = 3.14159 and "e" = 2.71828, possibl with other intermediate rounding off, so you may have been looking for something more like 1.8011E36. James jlayland@grissom.jpl.nasa.gov ------------------------- In article <+M_UUYZ8!@linac.fnal.gov> you write: >cliff@watson.ibm.com (cliff) writes: >>What is the next term in the Mystery Sequence: >> >>22.45906, 17600.22, 0.34714E+12, > >I disagree about the last couple of significant digits, but otherwise >the series is pi^e, (pi^e)^pi, ((pi^e)^pi)^e, ... and the next term >is about 1.8017E+36. >_________________________________________________________ >Matt Crawford crawdad@fncent.fnal.gov Fermilab > > Background: I recognized the approximate value of the first term from figuring out (during high school, about 20 years ago) the old question of which is larger, e^pi or pi^e. After that it was a mater of taking ratios of logs of the terms. _________________________________________________________ Matt Crawford crawdad@fncent.fnal.gov Fermilab BS 1978 Applied Math & Physics; PhD 1985 Physics ------------------------- Before I go barking up a wrong tree, I notice that e Pi = 22.45916 >22.45906, 17600.22, 0.34714E+12, which seems suspiciously close to your first constant. Which should I assume? "Typo. It should read 22.45916", "Coincidence.", or "No Comment -- no clues." ??? /Alan Paeth ------------------------- In article <1992Sep17.132745.21035@watson.ibm.com> you write: >What is the next term in the Mystery Sequence: >22.45906, 17600.22, 0.34714E+12, As a one-time math major, I thought I recognized that telltale 22.45906 ... The sequence continues with 1.8016851E+36 Steve -- -- monson@diablo.amd.com -- (512) 462-4013 __ | signature designed by | One thing about kneading that pizza dough by (_ | (and ripped off from) | hand -- it sure gets your fingernails clean! __)teve | Stephen Wayne Miller | Pizzaria Friend of Danny