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Re: Why doesn't Log[ E^x ] = x ?

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  • Subject: [mg24458] Re: Why doesn't Log[ E^x ] = x ?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 00:59:02 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <8jrdc2$e2t@smc.vnet.net>
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In article <8jrdc2$e2t at smc.vnet.net>, "Christopher R. Carlen" 
<crcarle at sandia.gov> wrote:

> Hi:
> 
> E^Log[x] evaluates to x 
> 
> but
> 
> Log[ E^x ] evaluates to Log[ E^x ]
> 
> Why?

For a full answer, you might want to have a look at the paper by Helmer 
Aslaksen called "Can your computer do complex analysis?" at

   http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/helmerpub.shtml

I have a Notebook which implements all the tests in Aslaksen's paper, if 
you are interested.

Cheers,
   Paul

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