Question: "Too many levels of recursion" error when trying to minimize a function

January 22 2014 Uppsaliensis 10
Maple 17

I received an unexpected error message when trying to minimize a function: evaluating

returns the error message

Error, (in @) too many levels of recursion

Why am I getting this message?  It's hard for me to see how minimizing a function involves recursion, unless Maple is trying to iteratively approximate a solution.

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