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My command is:

Grid[{{N, logN!, N log N - N}, {10, Log[10!], 10 Log[10] - 10}}, Frame -> All]

In the second row of the grid, the function Log[] is not being evaluated.

Please let me know what is going wrong.

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Hi Omar. How about N@Log[10]? –  cormullion Sep 11 '13 at 15:27
The log of 10 is Log[10] not 2.3025 just like the square root of 2 is Sqrt[2] and not 1.414. Take some time to let that think in. Mathematica likes to keep things exact as long as it can and as long as it makes sense. –  Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 11 '13 at 17:01

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Mathematica never returns inexact answers when you give it exact expressions. If you append a dot to a number it is considered approximate, so Mathematica will calculate approximate answers. Otherwise it will just return a symbolic expression. N asks Mathematica to treat all numbers as approximate.

   {"N", "log N!", "Nlog N - N"},
   {10, Log[10!], 10 Log[10] - 10}},
  Frame -> All

or using dots:

  {"N", "log N!", "Nlog N - N"},
  {10, Log[10.!], 10 Log[10.] - 10}
  }, Frame -> All]

The approximated Stirling's approximation in the last column, I suppose.

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The first sentence has an exeption(s?) unfortunatelly :) mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/16282/5478 –  Kuba Sep 11 '13 at 15:40
@Kuba I might add a source later. I don't think there are any intentional exceptions because I'm pretty sure it says exactly what I said in "Power Programming with Mathematica" :) –  Pickett Sep 11 '13 at 15:43
I think your answer is good. It is just a deviation in non related case :) But worth to know. –  Kuba Sep 11 '13 at 15:43

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