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Re: $MaxNumber

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  • Subject: [mg117335] Re: $MaxNumber
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:06:31 -0500 (EST)

On 3/14/11 at 5:59 AM, jfultz at (John Fultz) wrote:

>Perhaps you have Home Edition of Mathematica.  Until the most recent
>release (8.0.1, released just a few days ago), Home Edition included
>only 32-bit versions of Mathematica.

I don't quite see an explanation involving the Home addition as
explaining what I see. That is, I am using the version that
comes with a Premier subscription and I see

In[1]:= $System

Out[1]= Mac OS X x86 (64-bit)

In[2]:= $Version

Out[2]= 8.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (February 23, 2011)

In[3]:= $ReleaseNumber

Out[3]= 1

In[4]:= $MaxNumber

Out[4]= 1.233433712981650*10^323228458

I also not the original poster wrote:

>According to reports at the URL below the $MaxNumber on 64-bit
>machines in Mathematica 6.0 is up to 2.093117322269914*10^646456781.
>This is also the number given in the wolfram documentation.

But the value I see in the online documentation is consistent
with what the smaller value I get above.

As for other particulars of my system, I am running Mac OS
10.6.6 booted in 64-bit mode, on a MacBookPro (2.53 GHz Intel
Core 2 Duo processor) with 6GB of ram installed.

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