==> pickover/pickover.18.p <== Title: Cliff Puzzle 18: Difficult Nested Roots From: cliff@watson.ibm.com If you respond to this puzzle, if possible please send me your name, address, affiliation, e-mail address, so I can properly credit you if you provide unique information. PLEASE ALSO directly mail me a copy of your response in addition to any responding you do in the newsgroup. I will assume it is OK to describe your answer in any article or publication I may write in the future, with attribution to you, unless you state otherwise. Thanks, Cliff Pickover * * * Consider the following nested set of square roots. .eq ? = sqrt <1 + G sqrt <1+(G+1) sqrt < 1 + ... >>> Here, G indicates "Googol" or 10**100. The "<" and ">" symbols indicate where the beginning and ends of the the nested roots. 1. What is the value for in this infinite set of nested roots. 2. What is the next term under the root? Hint: In 1911, the famous mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan posed the following question (#298) in a new mathematical journal called the :Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. .eq ? = sqrt <1 + 2 sqrt <1+3 sqrt <1 + ... >>>