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Proving that $\frac{\pi^{3}}{32}=1-\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{2k(2k+1)\zeta(2k+2)}{4^{2k+2}}$

After numerical analysis it seems that $$ \frac{\pi^{3}}{32}=1-\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{2k(2k+1)\zeta(2k+2)}{4^{2k+2}} $$ Could someone prove the validity of such identity?
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Proving that $\frac{\pi}{2}=\prod_{k=2}^{\infty}\left(1+\frac{(-1)^{(p_{k}-1)/2}}{p_{k}} \right )^{-1}$ an identity of Euler's.

This is another identity of Euler's relating $\pi$ to the prime numbers, available here \begin{align*} \dfrac{\pi}{2}=\prod_{k=2}^{\infty}\left(1+\dfrac{(-1)^{\dfrac{p_{{k}}-1}{2}}}{p_{k}} \right ...
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$\pi$ from the unit circle, $\sqrt 2$ from the unit square but what about $e$? [duplicate]

If one wants to introduce $\pi$ to a not mathematically savvy person, the unit circle would be a good choice. The unit square would be the way to go for $\sqrt 2$. But what about $e$? I've reviewed ...
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How to derive the Golden mean by using properties of Gamma function?

The Golden mean known as $\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$. How could one show the Golden mean can be expressed as $$ \frac{2\cdot 3\cdot 7\cdot 8\cdot 12\cdot 13\cdots}{1\cdot 4\cdot 6\cdot 9\cdot 11\cdot ...
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On the Paris constant and $\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\sqrt[k]{1+\dots}}}}$?

In 1987, R. Paris proved that the nested radical expression for $\phi$, $$\phi=\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\sqrt{1+\dots}}}}$$ approaches $\phi$ at a constant rate. For example, defining $\phi_n$ as ...
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On the “Look-and-Say” sequence and Conway's constant

The look-and-say sequence starting with $S_1=1$ is, $$S_n = 1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, 312211, 13112221, 1113213211,\dots$$ If $L_n$ is the number of digits of the $n$th term then, ...
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Are the unit partial quotients of $\pi, \log(2), \zeta(3) $ and other constants $all$ governed by $H=0.415\dots$?

Khinchin showed that given the simple continued fraction of a real number, $$r = a_0+\cfrac{1}{a_1+\cfrac{1}{a_2+\cfrac{1} {\ddots}}}$$ then it is almost always true that the partial quotients $a_i$ ...
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Is there a special value for $\frac{\zeta'(2)}{\zeta(2)} $?

The answer to an integral involved $\frac{\zeta'(2)}{\zeta(2)}$, but I am stuck trying to find this number - either to a couple decimal places or exact value. In general the logarithmic deriative of ...
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MRB constant proofs wanted

This article has been edited for a bounty. $C$ MRB, the MRB constant, is defined at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/MRBConstant.html . There is an excellent 56 page paper whose author has passed away. ...
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What are the uses of Euler's number $e$?

People make such a big deal of the number $e$. I do not get why it is so important, other than the fact that $\ln(x)=\log_e(x)$. People say it is used all over mathematics and such, but they never ...
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Two questions about Euler's number $e$

I am on derivatives at the moment and I just bumped into this number $e$, "Euler's number" . I am told that this number is special especially when I take the derivative of $e^x$ , because its slope of ...
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What is known about the 'Double log Eulers constant', $\lim_{n \to \infty}{\sum_{k=2}^n\frac{1}{k\ln{k}}-\ln\ln{n}}$?

The Euler constant is defined as $$\gamma = \lim_{n \to \infty}{\sum_{k=1}^n\frac{1}{k}-\ln{n}}$$ Let $$q = \lim_{n \to \infty}{\sum_{k=2}^n\frac{1}{k\ln{k}}-\ln\ln{n}}$$ I managed to prove that ...
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Find a constant $C_p$ that satisfies $|f(x+p)-f(y+p)|\le C_p|f(x)-f(y)|$

Let $B^n$ be the unit open ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$, $p\in \mathbb{R}^n$ and $f\colon \mathbb{R}^n\to B^n$ defined as $f(x)=\frac{1}{1+|x|}x$. I believe there are constants $C_p>0$ such that ...
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Sum of a Normal and a Truncated Normal distribution

I have normal distribution $ N(\mu_1, \sigma_1)$ which shows the amount of demand in warehouse 1. The current amount of stock in the warehouse 1 is C. If the random demand is greater than C, it cannot ...
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How to prove that $\frac{d}{dx}\epsilon x^2=2\varepsilon x$ where $\varepsilon$ is just a constant

How to prove that $\frac{d}{dx}\varepsilon x^2=2\varepsilon x$ where $\varepsilon$ is just a constant? Thanks in advance for your immense help.