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Hi,

I am facinated by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(mathematical_constant)" [Broken] and how it shows up in natural processes.

However, I have never been able to comprehend its defination.

e = lim n→ ∞ (1 + 1 / n) ^n

I think like this ( and I know this is not correct): If n becomes very large, the term 1/n should become infinitesimaly small and therefore 0. And therefore the answer should be 1.

Is there an example or applet that may help me intutively understand this equation?

Thanks.

I am facinated by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(mathematical_constant)" [Broken] and how it shows up in natural processes.

However, I have never been able to comprehend its defination.

e = lim n→ ∞ (1 + 1 / n) ^n

I think like this ( and I know this is not correct): If n becomes very large, the term 1/n should become infinitesimaly small and therefore 0. And therefore the answer should be 1.

Is there an example or applet that may help me intutively understand this equation?

Thanks.

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