This function was unstable, in particular for negative arguments.
https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/14927
The reason is that the formula `log (x + sqrt (1 + x*x))` is dominated
by the numerical error of the `sqrt` function when x is strongly negative
(and thus the summands in the `log` mostly cancel). However, the area
hyperbolic sine is an odd function, thus the negative side can as well
be calculated by flipping over the positive side, which avoids this instability.
Furthermore, for _very_ big arguments, the `x*x` subexpression overflows. However,
long before that happens, the square root is anyways completely dominated
by that term, so we can neglect the `1 +` and get
sqrt (1 + x*x) ≈ sqrt (x*x) = x
and therefore
asinh x ≈ log (x + x) = log (2*x) = log 2 + log x
which does not overflow for any normal-finite positive argument, but
perfectly matches the exact formula within the floating-point accuracy.