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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.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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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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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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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!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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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?

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

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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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?

bobbym wrote:

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!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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