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This is a rather simple numerical solution, but it simply doesn't work. Does anybody have a solution?

NSolve[x - Sinh[x] - 1 == 0, x]

NSolve::nsmet: This system cannot be solved with the methods available to NSolve.

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NSolve[x - Sinh[x] - 1 == 0, x, Reals]
 {{x -> -1.72912}}
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That is strange, since the first thing I tried is this: Assuming[Element[x, Reals], NSolve[x - Sinh[x] - 1 == 0, x]] and it did not work ! I see from help now that NSolve takes Reals as second argument. But this is not very consistent with how other functions work, by using Assuming. – Nasser Nov 19 '13 at 7:12
@Nasser I don't think the assumption is taking effect on the NSolve "Block[]" – Dr. belisarius Nov 19 '13 at 7:14

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