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RE: Re: Pi is not a real number - the News from Mathematica Mathgroup

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  • From: "Hobbs, Sylvia (DPH)" <Sylvia.Hobbs at>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 04:40:05 -0500 (EST)
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Mathematica kernel has shut down? Cool! Benjamin, Your e-mail distracted 
me from listening to Saturday evening's broadcast of Garrison Keilor and 
the News from Lake Wobegan. How much physical memory do you have? I hope 
4 Gigs? It could be fun to recreate the error on several computers 
running on different platforms, say Linux and Microsoft Vista, with the 
same amount of memory to see how the platforms access the upper limits 
of their RAM. Overflow suggests cooties in the equation though. If it is 
a true memory insufficiency associated with a correctly written equation 
the outcome of Linux versus Vista Saturday Night Fight could be 
interesting. In the Vista Boxer's corner are all of those committees at 
Microsoft, in there's Linux, the underdog. 

Sylvia Hobbs


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Subject: [mg86655] [mg86634] Re: Pi is not a real number?

Please somewhat disregard my previous reply <g>, the restrictions on
the LENGTH of RealDigits' results are actually not greater than 16
before "Indeterminate" status results are returned. In the "extreme"
case of using such a value as 10^9, I gets

General::ovfl: Overflow occurred in computation. >>

No more memory available.
Mathematica kernel has shut down.
Try quitting other applications and then retry.

Benjamin Tubb

On Mar 15, 3:12=A0am, Sebastian Meznaric <mezna... at> wrote:
> Try this in Mathematica
> RealDigits[\[Pi], 10, 3, -10^9]
> The answer you get:
> RealDigits::realx: The value \[Pi] is not a real number. >>
> I am using 6.0.0.

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