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Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)  
Lagging far behind in the celebrity sweepstakes is the number known as e. Carried to 20 decimal places, e is 2.71828 18284 59045 23536. Only 50,000,817 of its decimal digits have been computed so far  though there are unconfirmed reports that 1 billion digits were once calculated. People can't even agree on its proper name. It has been called the logarithmic constant, Napier's number, Euler's constant, and the natural logarithmic base.  


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