Why does this crash the kernel?

*To*: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu*Subject*: Why does this crash the kernel?*From*: fink at acf5.nyu.edu (Howard Fink)*Date*: Wed, 22 Jul 92 14:26:56 -0400

The following file crashes a sun kernel and a mac kernel. The sun kernel returns a bus error or memory error. The mac kernel returns a type 1 error. b1 = Sqrt[2] x (500000 - 375 2^(5/2) x + 2 x^2 - 1000 p + 1.5 Sqrt[2] x p + 0.5 p^2)/(1000 - Sqrt[2] x - p); a1 = (500000 - 125 2^(7/2) x + x^2 - 2000 p + 2^(3/2) x p + 1.5 p^2)/(1000 - Sqrt[2] x - p); e = 0.125 b1^2 - 0.125 a1^2; kk = Simplify[e/.p->190]; Solve[kk==0,x] __________________________________the end___________________________ Everything works fine until Solve. Mathematica 2.03 on Sun 4 and Mac IIci. The memory meter on the mac barely budges before the crash. Any workarounds? Howard Fink