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Timing of N[ Factorial[4000000], 18]

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  • Subject: [mg95659] Timing of N[ Factorial[4000000], 18]
  • From: "Ted Ersek" <ersekt at md.metrocast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 06:18:27 -0500 (EST)

How long does it take Mathematica 7 to compute
   N[ Factorial[4000000], 18]

With the old version of Mathematica I have it takes a very long time, 
and I was wondering if Mathematica 7 is much better.  You might ask why 
I wanted to do that.  Well I wanted to see how quickly Stirling's 
formula approaches  Factorial[n]  for large n.

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Thanks,
     Ted Ersek



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