The functional form is known already (as attached). But what is the solution for this integral?

[1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/8F3wa.jpg

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    $\begingroup$ In the 21st century, go numerically. Or google it, probably somebody in the 19th century has done it analitycally $\endgroup$ – patta May 13 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ I did a Monte-Carlo evaluation of $Q$ and found that it is between -0.941 and -0.942. $\endgroup$ – G. Smith May 13 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ The three integrals over either $\mathbf{x}$ or $\mathbf{y}$ can be done analytically to get the gravitational potential of the cube. See arxiv.org/abs/1206.3857. I haven't been able to then integrate this potential over the cube to get the binding energy, but I was able to numerically integrate it and again get -0.941... . $\endgroup$ – G. Smith May 14 at 0:11
  • $\begingroup$ More accurately, $Q=-0.941156...$. $\endgroup$ – G. Smith May 14 at 2:50

The integral can apparently be done exactly and the answer is


which is consistent with the numerical evaluation that I mentioned doing in my comments on the question.

Source: https://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0701215

The value was apparently first derived in 2000 by Skeidov and Skvirsky in this paper:


As an explanation of their evaluation, they unfortunately have only this to say: "After some lengthy interactive session with Mathematica, we get...". I personally am unable to get Mathematica to produce this result, but I have no doubt that it is correct.


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