1. ## Solve in R

Solve in R : $\left( {x^x } \right)^2 = 8$

2. Interesting question, I said $x^x = \sqrt{8}$ then using trial and error I found $x \approx 1.788454$

3. $x^{x}= \sqrt{8} = 2^{3/2}$

$e^{\ln x \ e^{\ln x}} = 2^{3/2}$

$\ln (e^{\ln x \ e^{\ln x}}) = \ln (2^{3/2})$

$\ln x e^{\ln x} =\frac{3}{2} \ln 2$

$\ln x = \frac{\frac{3}{2}\ln 2}{e^{\ln x}} = W\Big(\frac{3}{2} \ln 2\Big)$

where W is the Lambert W function

so $x = e^{W\Big(\frac{3}{2} \ln 2\Big)} \approx 1.788$