Inverse Symbolic Calculator 2.0
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For all you numerologists out there trying to explain the hierarchy of Yukawa couplings, you might enjoy playing with the Inverse Symbolic Calculator 2.0 (via Reddit some time ago).
The Inverse Symbolic Calculator (ISC) uses a combination of lookup tables and integer relation algorithms in order to associate with a user-defined, truncated decimal expansion (represented as a floating point expression) a closed form representation for the real number.
In other words, you give the decimal and the ISC gives you an expression (involving things like and ) that evaluates to that number to the same precision.
The real geeks out there will test out the ISC with a real problem, what is the inverse symbolic expression for 42?
The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
That’s the honest-to-Witten verbatim output of the program. I think it passes the test with flying colors.