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Show that $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{z^{2^n}}{1-z^{2^{n+1}}}$$ is algebraic.

More specifically, solve this and get exact values.

Then use the result to evaluate $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{1}{F_{2^n}}$$ where $$F_n=\frac{\alpha^n-\beta^n}{\alpha-\beta}$$ and $\alpha=\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ and $\beta=\frac{1-\sqrt{5}}{2}$.

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Hint: expand each term as a power series in $z$, and notice that the double sum can be rewritten as a single sum.

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I've expanded the power series in Z, but I'm not sure what you mean by double sum. Excuse my ignorance! –  Sean Hurron Feb 3 '12 at 20:12

Robert means this... $$\begin{align} \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{z^{2^n}}{1-z^{2^{n+1}}} &= \sum_{n=1}^\infty z^{2^n}\sum_{k=0}^\infty z^{k2^{n+1}} = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \sum_{k=0}^\infty z^{2^n+k2^{n+1}} \\&= \sum_{n=1}^\infty \sum_{k=0}^\infty z^{2^n(1+2k)} = \sum_{m=1}^\infty z^{2m} = \frac{z^2}{1-z^2} \end{align}$$ Can you figure out the reason to go from the "double sum" in $n,k$ to the "single sum" in $m$?

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There is in fact a nice closed form for the partial-sums that you can find just by calculating a bit:

$$ \begin{align*} f(z) &= \frac{z^2}{1-z^4} + \frac{z^4}{1-z^8} + \frac{z^8}{1-z^{16}} + \dots \\ &= \frac{z^2(1+z^4)+z^4}{1-z^8} + \frac{z^8}{1-z^{16}} +\dots \\ &= \frac{z^2 + z^4 + z^6}{1-z^8} + \frac{z^8}{1-z^{16}} +\dots \\ &= \frac{(z^2 + z^4 + z^6)(1+z^8)+z^8}{1-z^{16}}+ \dots \\ &= \frac{z^2+z^4 + z^6+z^8+z^{10} + z^{12}+z^{14}}{1-z^{16}}+\dots \end{align*} $$

So first few partial sums are given by

$$\begin{align*} f_1(z)&= \frac{z^2}{1-z^4} = \frac{z^2-z^4}{1-z^2}\frac1{1-z^4} \\ f_2(z) &= \frac{z^2+z^4+z^6}{1-z^8} = \frac{z^2-z^8}{1-z^2}\cdot \frac1{1-z^8} \\ f_3(z) &= \dots = \frac{z^2-z^{16}}{1-z^2}\cdot \frac1{1-z^{16}}\end{align*} $$

It should then be easy to show by induction that $$ f_n(z) = \frac{z^2}{1-z^2}\cdot \frac{1-z^{2^{n-1}}}{1-z^{2^n}}. $$ The second factor is $1 + O(z^{2^{n-1}})\to 1$, as $n\to\infty$. thus $$\boxed{f(z) = \displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty} f_n(z) = \frac{z^2}{1-z^2}}$$

Unfortunately, I can't get WolframAlpha to find possible mistakes, so I hope someone else will.

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