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## #1 2012-10-27 19:46:42

Harold
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### Inequality with pi and e

What is the solution of this problem?and how is the problem solved-

## #2 2012-10-27 20:26:19

bobbym
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### Re: Inequality with pi and e

Hi Harold;

This one has been around for a long time. The standard answer starts with raising both sides to the power of

after that it is a maxima-minima problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #3 2012-10-27 20:47:54

Harold
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### Re: Inequality with pi and e

You mean e^e is always bigger than pi^pi?but why?

## #4 2012-10-27 20:50:54

bobbym
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### Re: Inequality with pi and e

Hi;

e^e is not greater than π^π. That is not what I said. You did something wrong with the first step.

From here it is an ugly calculus problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #5 2012-10-27 21:31:57

bob bundy
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### Re: Inequality with pi and e

Looks to me that y = x^(1/x) has a single maximum at x = e.

See graph and derivative graph.

Bob

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## #6 2012-10-28 10:47:28

scientia
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### Re: Inequality with pi and e

Let
; then
when
. So
is decreasing for
; as
,
, i.e.
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