How would I find the solution, or simplify

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- July 31st 2012, 12:34 AMjgv115What is x^x^x^x...
How would I find the solution, or simplify

- July 31st 2012, 02:28 AMJJacquelinRe: What is x^x^x^x...
Hi !

it is an "infinite power tower"

But your symbolism is ambiguous : it could means several different power towers. One have to use brakets to give a precise definition (in attachment)

If the tower is finite (with a finit number of x), the related function of x can be formally expressed as the first derivative of a Generalized Sophomores Dream function : Formula 12:5 in the paper "The Sophomores Dream Function"

Scribd - July 31st 2012, 02:39 PMSorobanRe: What is x^x^x^x...
Hello, jgv115!

Quote:

How would I find the solution, or simplify

Let

Then: .

Take logs: .

And we have: .

. . a*transcendental*equation in

We can__not__solve for

By the way, JJ is incorrect.

An exponential stack is always read "from the top down".

For example, means: .

To change the order, parentheses are required: .

- July 31st 2012, 10:01 PMJJacquelinRe: What is x^x^x^x...
Hi Soroban !

you are right about the conventional hierarchy of operations.

By the way, formal solving (for y) of the equation ln(y)-y*ln(x) is :

y = -W(-ln(x))/ln(x) where W is the Lambert function.

As others special functions, the LambertW function cannot be expressed as combination of a finite number of elementary functions.

W(x) - Wolfram|Alpha