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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Euler.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was speaking of modern, living mathematicians.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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But you're a thousand years old!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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But I am living, sort of. Euler is gone.

Also, I am not a mathematician!

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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You're not dead?

Oh, yeah. You're a numerical analyst. And the best one was a chemist. Makes sense. But, if you're not a mathematician then the rules don't apply to you. You can have two constants with your name on it. What is the one you had in mind?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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About time you learned his name.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I remember that problem. Isn't it one of the ones you came up with?

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This is the easiest one:

Evaluate the above integral to as many digits as you can. Find a good way to do so.

Is that analyst Robert Israel?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Nope, Robert is good but not that good. It is the legendary Forman S. Acton.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Oh, he's the author of that book you mentioned "Numerical Methods That Work".

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct. If you have a problem to solve, if it is a numerical problem, then you bring it to him. You do not bother with a mathematician!

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