On 2/2/06, Sam K. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

If I want to get the result, how can I work around the barrier?

here’s some hacky code which returns a 2-element array

the first number is the significant digits and the second number is

the exponent:

def calc(n)

exp=0

val = (2 ** n)

while val*3 > 1e290.to_i*

val/=10

exp+=1

end

val *=(5**0.5)*

unless val.to_s.grep(/(.)e+(.)/).empty?

val = $1.to_f

exp+=$2.to_i

end

[val, exp]

end

p calc 1

p calc 10

p calc 100

p calc 1000

p calc 10000

[4.47213595499958, 0]

[2289.73360895978, 0]

[2.83455291382873, 30]

[2.39596608414461, 301]

[4.46109674874798, 3010]

-Adam