If iterated exponentiation (usually also called "Powertower") is understood as mathematical operator or as function depending on the iteration height, then this operator/operation/function is often called "tetration" and is assumed as next step in the operator hierarchy addition,multiplication, ...

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Is there a proof that the number $2 \uparrow \uparrow m+3 \uparrow \uparrow n$ is always squarefree?

I searched prime factors of the numbers $$z(m,n) := 2 \uparrow \uparrow m + 3 \uparrow \uparrow n$$ where $m,n\ge1$ Interestingly, z(3,3) is prime, the largest prime I found so far and probably the ...
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Is tetration a transcendental function?

Is tetration a transcendental function? If so are there any papers with a proof? I suspect that it is because I have not seen any algebraic situations where tetration is the answer and the fact that ...
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Does $a \uparrow \uparrow (n+1)-a \uparrow \uparrow n$ divide $a \uparrow \uparrow(n+2) - a \uparrow \uparrow(n+1 )$?

Does $$a\uparrow \uparrow (n+1) - a\uparrow \uparrow n$$ divide $$a\uparrow \uparrow (n+2) - a\uparrow \uparrow (n+1)$$ for all $a,n \ge2$ ? The case n = 0 is easy : $$a^a-a=a(a^{a-1}-1)$$ and ...
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Question about tetration modulus a prime $p>100$

Define $x§y$ as the power tower : $x^{x^x...}$ where $...$ means $y$ times. For instance $2§1=2,2§2=4,2§3=16,2§4=2^{16}$. See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetration Let $p$ be a prime larger than ...
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Stationary prime factor 34276387 , confirmation and generalization wanted.

Sheldon L found out, that $$34276387$$ is a prime factor of $$2 \uparrow \uparrow n + 3 \uparrow \uparrow n$$ for any natural number $n \ge 5$. $2 \uparrow \uparrow n$ leaves the remainder ...
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How do we know that tetration is exclusively right-associative?

When we go from multiplication to exponentiation we lose commutativity ($3^2 \neq 2^3$). Perhaps when we go from exponentiation to tetration every operation yields two possible results.
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Calculating $a^n\pmod m$ in the general case

It is well known, that $$a^{\phi(m)}\equiv1\pmod m ,$$ if $\gcd(a,m)=1.$ So, $a^n\pmod m$ can be calculated by reducing n modulo $\phi(m)$. But, for the tetration modulo $m$ $$a \uparrow ...
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Prime factor of $2 \uparrow \uparrow 4 + 3\uparrow \uparrow 4$

I checked the prime factors of $$2 \uparrow \uparrow 4 + 3\uparrow \uparrow 4 = 2^{2^{2^2}} + 3^{3^{3^3}}$$ with trial division and found non below $8*10^9$ Nevertheless, the given number has still ...
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radius of convergence of half iterate of sinh(z)?

The half iterate of sinh(z) has a formal power series, centered around z=0. Does the formal power series for the half iterate converge at the origin? This is equivalent to asking if the half iterate ...
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Slight confusion about the calculation of the last digits of graham's number

In Wikipedia, Graham's number, it is described how to calculate the last d digits of Graham's number. They introduce an algorithm simply iterating $$x = 3^x \mod 10^d$$ d times starting with x=3. ...
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Prime factor of $14 \uparrow \uparrow 3 + 15\uparrow \uparrow 3$ wanted

Checking the prime factors of the numbers $$z(a,b) \ := a \uparrow \uparrow 3 \ +\ b \uparrow \uparrow 3 \ ,$$ a,b positive integers with a < b the number $$z(14,15) = 14 \uparrow \uparrow ...
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Fast converging sums involving tetrations

Loosely speaken, Liouville's theorem shows that rational series converging "too fast", have a transcendental limit. The concrete criterion is somewhat cumbersome and hard to check. Now my question : ...
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What is the derivative of ${}^xx$

How would one find: $$\frac{\mathrm d}{\mathrm dx}{}^xx?$$ where ${}^ba$ is defined by $${}^ba\stackrel{\mathrm{def}}{=}\underbrace{ a^{a^{\cdot^{\cdot^{\cdot^a}}}}}_{\text{$b$ times}}$$ Work so ...
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Which precision would be needed?

According to Wikipedia, it is not known whether the number $$\pi \uparrow \uparrow 4$$ is an integer. (See Tetration) To which precision would $\pi$ have to be calculated to decide this ? The ...
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$n^{th}$ derivative of a tetration function

I stumbled upon this very peculiar function last summer, namely: $f(x)=x^{x^{x^{...^{x}}}}$, where there is a number $n$ of $x$'s in the exponent, I tried to find the derivative for the function and I ...
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Knuth's arrow up notation again

Consider the following recursion : $$ a(1)=3! $$ $$ a(n+1) = a(n)! \quad\hbox{for all $n\geq 1$} $$ For a given $n$, how can the number $m$ with $$ 10 \uparrow \uparrow m < a(n) < 10 \uparrow ...
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Knuth's up arrow notation

Given n, how can the number m with $10 \uparrow \uparrow m < 2 \uparrow \uparrow n < 10 \uparrow \uparrow (m+1)$ be calculated ? With induction, I got $10 \uparrow \uparrow m < 2 ...
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Recursive definition of recursively defined operations

The recursive definitions of addition, multiplication, and exponentiation usually stop after exponentiation ("${\small+}1$" to be read as "the successor of"): $x \boldsymbol{+} (y\ {\small+}1) := (x ...
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Does this follow from the definition of the LambertW function?

The LambertW function $W(s)$ also called ProductLog seems to satisfy this relation: $$-W(s) = \underbrace{-s e^{-s e^{\cdot^{\cdot^{-s e^{-W(s)}}}}}}_n$$ Or truncated: $$-W(s) = -se^{-s e^{-s e^{-s ...
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Arrow notation and decimals.

We know how to add with decimals. We know how to multiply with decimals. We know how to exponentiate with decimals. Do we know how to work with decimals for power towers? for example, can we deal ...
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Inverse function of $x\mapsto \sqrt[x]x$ on $\left[0,e^{-1}\right]$

Why is it, that the inverse of $\sqrt[x]x$ is given by the infinite power tower in $x\in[\frac1e;e]$, but not in $x\in[0;\frac1e]$? I know that the power tower diverges on that interval, but even if ...
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Is there a 2D 3-colorstate mobile automaton that grows like $ln^{0,5}(t)$?

Define an integer function $f(t)$ for an integer $t>25$ such that $|f(f(t)) - ln(t)| < \sqrt {ln(t)}+2$. Define $L(X(t))$ as the number of nonwhite states at iteration $t$ of mobile automaton ...
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Does $^{\frac12}x=e^{W(\ln x)}$, or not?

Whenever I see tetration discussed here, I inevitably see it asserted that there's no consistent continuous definition for tetration. However, it seems to me that If we restrict ourselves to ...
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Example of Tetration in Natural Phenomena

Tetration is a natural extension of the concept of addition, multiplication, and exponentiation. It is quite obvious that there are things in the physics world which can be modeled by these 3 lowest ...
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Notation for function $ + \rightarrow \times $

Is there a standard notation to represent the function building the multiplication from the addition (I'm talking of the usual $+$ on $\Bbb N$)? I'm tempted by: $$ x \times y = + ^ y (x) $$ With ...
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Prove that $F_{2n}(x)=0$ has exactly one root in the interval $x\in(0,1),$ and this root $\to 0$ when $n \to \infty.$

Define $f_1(x)=x,f_2(x)=x^x,\dots f_{n+1}(x)=x^{f_n(x)}~(n\geq 1).$ Let $F_n(x)=f_n^{'}(x).$ Hence $F_1(x)=1, F_2(x)=x^x(1+\log(x))\dots.$ Prove that $F_{2n}(x)=0$ has exactly one root in the ...
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Fixed Point of $x_{n+1}=i^{x_n}$

For $x \in \Bbb C$, let $f(x)=i^x = \exp(i\pi x)$, where $i^2=-1$. Then find the fixed points for $f$. EDIT: Let for all $n\geq 1$ $$\large a_n=\underbrace{i^{i^{\cdots i}}}_{\text{$n$ times}}$$ My ...
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Can $x^{x^{x^x}}$ be a rational number?

If $x$ is a positive rational number, but not an integer, then can $x^{x^{x^x}}$ be a rational number ? We can prove that if $x$ is a positive rational number but not an integer, then $x^x$ can ...
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Calculating 7^7^7^7^7^7^7 mod 100

What is $$\large 7^{7^{7^{7^{7^{7^7}}}}} \pmod{100}$$ I'm not much of a number theorist and I saw this mentioned on the internet somewhere. Should be doable by hand.
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Interpolation between iterated logarithms

I am investigating the family of functions $$\log_{(n)}(x):=\log\circ \cdots \circ \log(x)$$ Is there a known smooth interpolation function $H(\alpha, x)$ such that $H(n,x)=\log_{(n)}(x)$ for ...
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Tetration of Alephs

Does this even mean anything? $\underbrace{x^{x^{x^{...^{x^x}}}}}_n$ Where $n = \aleph_0$? Because I "know" it converges when (say) $x = .5$ and $n \to \infty$
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Tetration limit

For each $n$, define $f_n:\mathbb R^+\rightarrow \mathbb R^+$ by $f_n(x) = \underbrace{x^{x^{x^{...^{x^x}}}}}_n$ Is it true that $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty} f_n(\frac{n+1}{n}) = 1$ ? A few ...
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Solving $f_n=\exp(f_{n-1})$ : Where is my mistake?

I was trying to solve the recurrence $f_n=\exp(f_{n-1})$. My logic was this : $f_n -f_{n-1}=\exp(f_{n-1})-f_{n-1}$. The associated differential equation would then be $\dfrac{dg}{dn}=e^g-g$. if ...
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Tetration and its inverse to various exponents

I've recently seen in my studies tetration, or the next operation in the addition, multiplication, exponentation... series. I've also heard much discussion about how to extend this operation to ...
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Seems that I just proved $2=4$.

Solving $x^{x^{x^{.^{.^.}}}}=2\Rightarrow x^2=2\Rightarrow x=\sqrt 2$. Solving $x^{x^{x^{.^{.^.}}}}=4\Rightarrow x^4=4\Rightarrow x=\sqrt 2$. Therefore, $\sqrt 2^{\sqrt 2^{\sqrt 2^{.^{.^.}}}}=2$ and ...
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Order of Recursion?

Define an extended algebraic function $f(a)$ as a function on $a$ that utilizes any combination of recursive extensions and inverses of sequentiation. Example: $a + 1$ , sequentiation. $a + a$, ...
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Tetration Binomial Theorem

I was exploring tetration and came across the following identities: $${^0}(ab) = 1$$ $${^2}(ab) = ({^2}a)^b * ({^2}b)^a$$ $${^3}(ab) = (ab)^({^2}(ab)) = (ab)^{(({^2}a)^b * ({^2}b)^a)}$$ That third ...
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Is it possible to prove the positive root of the equation ${^4}x=2$, $x=1.4466014324…$ is irrational?

(somewhat related to my earlier question) Let ${^n}a$ denote tetration $\underbrace{a^{a^{.^{.^{.^a}}}}}_{n \text{ times}}$ (or, defined recursively, ${^1}a=a$, ${^{n+1}}a=a^{({^n}a)}$). The ...
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Is the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433…$ a transcendental number?

I can prove using the Gelfond–Schneider theorem that the positive root of the equation $x^{x^x}=2$, $x=1.47668433...$ is an irrational number. Is it possible to prove it is transcendental?
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How do I calculate the 2nd term of continued fraction for the power tower ${^5}e=e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}$

I need to find the 2nd term of continued fraction for the power tower ${^5}e=e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}$ ( i.e. $\lfloor\{e^{e^{e^{e^{e}}}}\}^{-1}\rfloor$), or even higher towers. The number is too big to ...
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Limits of tetrations of infinite height

We know that tetrations of infinite height converge for $x$ such that $e^{-e} \le x \le e^{1/e}$. Which real numbers are limits of some tetration of infinite height? what is the complete set of such ...
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About growth rate of the iterated exponential on the complex plane.

Let $n$ be a positive integer. Let $f(n,x) = exp(f(n-1,x))$ and $f(0,x)=x$. Let $Q(f(n,x)) =1$ if $Re(f(n,x))<2$. Let $S(n,x) = \Sigma_{1}^{n} Q(f(n,x))$. How to estimate $S(n,2+i)$ efficiently ? ...
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Is the half iterate of $2\sinh(x)$ - expanded from fixed point $0$ - analytic near the real line $\mathbb{R}$?

Is the half iterate of $2\sinh(x)$ - expanded from fixed point $0$ - analytic near the real line $\mathbb{R}$? I know this function has 2 other fixed points apart from $0$, so I'm not sure. Also ...
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Uniqueness of Tetration

Let $f(0)=1$ and $f(x+1)=2^{f(x)}$ Also let f be infinitely differentiable. Then does f exist and is it unique? If f is merely continuous, then any continuous function such that f(0)=1 f(1)=2 ...
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Solutions of $f(f(z)) = e^z$

It is my impression that if we find a function f(z) that satisfies $$f(f(z)) = e^z $$ there is only one point z that satisfies the relation. This dawned on me when I noticed that the pesky z that ...
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Where does the iteration of the exponential map switch from one fixpoint to the 3-periodic fixpoint cycle?

In the answering of another question in MSE I've dealt with the iteration of $x=b^x$ where the base $b=i$. If I reversed that iteration $x=log(x)/log(i)$ then I run into a cycle of 3 periodic ...
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What is $i$ exponentiated to itself $i$ times?

I was just wondering about this. I searched about it on the net and found that it is called tetration and after this comes pentation and then hexation and so on so forth. I don't really understand ...
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Find $N$, in the decimal expansion of the large number $N=4^{4^{4^4}}$

Find $N$, in the decimal expansion of the large number $$N=4^{4^{4^4}}$$ Following on from the question I posted yesterday about finding the number of digits ( Find the number of digits, $D$, in ...
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Find the number of digits, $D$, in the decimal expansion of the large number $N=4^{4^{4^{4}}}$

The full question is: Find the number of digits, $D$, in the decimal expansion of the large number $$N=4^{4^{4^{4}}}$$ Try and find the most efficient ways of finding $D$. I know that ...