Exponents and notation

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg29876] Exponents and notation*From*: "Ludwig Deruyck" <dr01202 at pophost.mediring.be>*Date*: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 00:28:49 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Solving '2^3^4^5' with a HP48G+ (Algebraic mode) gives as a result: 1.1529150461E18 This is the solution of ((2^3)^4)^5. But is this correct? Using: 5 4 3 2 in equation writer gives an overflow. I believe this is the correct way of reading '2^3^4^5' In Mathematica '2^3^4^5' is evaluated as a general overflow, so this is read in the correct way. Is the HP wrong ? L.DERUYCK mailto:dr01202 at pophost.mediring.be

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Exponents and notation***From:*"Michael" <michael@science.edu>