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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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Proving that $\frac{\pi}{4}$$=1-\frac{\eta(1)}{2}+\frac{\eta(2)}{4}-\frac{\eta(3)}{8}+\cdots$

After some calculations with WolframAlfa, it seems that $$ \frac{\pi}{4}=1+\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\frac{\eta(k)}{2^{k}} $$ Where $$ \eta(n)=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{k+1}}{k^{n}} $$ is the ...
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I can't remember a fallacious proof involving integrals and trigonometric identities.

My calc professor once taught us a fallacious proof. I'm hoping someone here can help me remember it. Here's what I know about it: The end result was some variation of 0=1 or 1=2. It involved ...
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A new constant?

I was experimenting in Wolfram Alpha the answer to the equation $\int_0^k x^x dx=1$ And I got about 1.19... But, What is this number k (and could you calculate it to more decimal places?) And is it ...
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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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Proving that $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\left(\frac{2^{2k+1}+(-1)^{k}}{(4k+1)2^{4k}}+ \frac{2^{2k+2}+(-1)^{k+1}}{(4k+3)2^{4k+2}}\right)$

Long time ago I've been playng with formulas for $\pi$ and found that one above in the title which can also be expressed as \begin{align*} ...
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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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Are there two $\pi$s?

The mathematical constant $\pi$ occurs in the formula for the area of a circle, $A=\pi r^2$, and in the formula for the circumference of a circle, $C= 2\pi r$. How does one prove that these constants ...
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Is there an efficient method for the calculation of $e^{1/e}$?

(I wonder whether this is appropriate for the Math StackExchange or whether it'd be better on Stack Overflow as it deals with computing, but I'm asking about mathematical details, not about ...
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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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“How I wish I could calculate pi” analogs…

You might know the mnemonic for $\pi$ in the title or even this more elaborated one: Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling In mystic force, and magic spelling Celestial sprites elucidate All my own ...
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$\pi^4 + \pi^5 \approx e^6$ is anything special going on here?

Saw it in the news: $$(\pi^4 + \pi^5)^{\Large\frac16} \approx 2.71828180861$$ Is this just pigeon-hole? DISCUSSION: counterfeit $e$ using $\pi$'s Given enough integers and $\pi$'s we can ...
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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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How to proof that $\lim_{h \to 0}\frac{e^h-1}{h} = 1$ using the definition $e = \lim_{n \to \infty}(1+\frac{1}{n})^n$?

In other words, how I can prove that these two definitions of $e$ is equal? I saw these two definitions while trying to find proofs for $\frac{d}{dx}e^x$ and $\frac{d}{dx}\ln x$; some use the former ...
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If $\pi $ is a normal number, is $\tau $ one?

If $\pi$ is a normal number, would that imply that $\tau =2\pi $ is also a normal number? If so, why? Something tells me that it should be, but I have no idea how to prove it. If all digits of $\pi$ ...
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a simple formula linking the value of $e$ to the Golden Ratio $\phi$

These last days, I was looking for an approximation formula to $\pi$. But, surprisingly, the formulas led to this other one: $$ e = \left (\frac {\phi} {\phi - 1} \right)^{\frac {1} ...
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Is $e$ involved in some geometric figure in any way?

Let's take some popular numbers in math: $\pi$, $e$, $\sqrt{2}$ and $\phi$. The number $\pi$ is the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle; $\sqrt{2}$ is the length of a diagonal ...
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On a constant defined by Ramanujan.

In the second letter to Hardy Ramanujan writes about the number of prime numbers less than $n$ there he writes. Here this constant $\mu$ facinated me . What is its closed form? and How to compute ...
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Why does the tribonacci constant have a trilogarithm ladder?

When I came across the dilogarithm ladders of Coxeter and Landen, namely, $$\text{Li}_2(\alpha^6)-4\text{Li}_2(\alpha^3)-3\text{Li}_2(\alpha^2)+6\text{Li}_2(\alpha)-\tfrac{7}{5}\zeta(2)=0\tag1$$ ...
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Prime numbers making constant : 1.2527

Reading "Excursion in calculus" (Robert M. Young, 1992), exercice 13 on page 71 ask the reader to show there is a constant $c\approx 1.25$ such that $a_0=2^c$ $a_{n+1}=2^{a_n}$ $\forall n\; \lfloor ...
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Sequence with Prime Numbers

I was looking a question in a calculus book which used the following steps to show that following sequence has a limit (called Euler's constant $\gamma$): $$t_n = \sum_{i=1}^n\left(\frac{1}{n}\right) ...
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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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The Tribonacci constant and the Dragon

Let $x = \frac{\ln T}{\ln 2} = 0.879146\dots$ where $T$ is the tribonacci constant, then x solves the transcendental equation, $$4^x(2^x-1)=(2^x+1)$$ Let $x = \frac{\ln y}{\ln 2} = 1.523627\dots$ ...
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Does and where to does $\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{m} \prod_k \frac{1}{\lambda_{k,m}!}$ converge?

Given $n$ you get a number of partitions of $n$ and let's denote $\lambda_{k,m}$ to be the $k$th part of the $m$th partition. Now I built the following sum, that stimulated the following question: $$ ...
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Why $\operatorname e$ was named e ? What is the history and reason behind it?

Why the constant that Euler discovered has symbol $\operatorname e$ and not other symbols? What is the history and reason behind it? Thanks.
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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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Can I say that a fixed constant is less or equal infinity?

Mathematically speaking, given $c\in\mathbb{R}$, can I say that: $c\leq\infty$? E.g., is $10 \leq \infty$ a correct mathematical statement? I know this comparison is true in computer arithmetic, ...
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A misconception about arbitary constant

Given a function $f(x)$ from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$, If $f'(x)=0$ $\text{ for all } x\in \mathbb R$. Then $f(x)=C$.(This is my understanding) Question: I think that $C$ has to remain constant ...
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Finding relatives of the series $\varphi =\frac{3}{2}+\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\frac{(2k)!}{(k+1)!k!2^{4k+3}}$.

Consider $\varphi=\frac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$, the golden ratio. Bellow are series $(3)$ and $(6)$ that represent $\varphi$ $$ \begin{align*} \varphi &=\frac{1}{1}+\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\cdots&(1)\\ ...
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Do I need different constant names for different levels of integration?

I'm just getting my feet wet in integration, so pardon me if I misuse a term. Let's take the anti-triple-derivative (I'm not sure if that's what it's actually called) of $8x$. $y'''=8x$ ...
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Antiderivative where resulting constant depends on x?

Everything was going really well until one week before the exam when the teacher gave us this problem: $\int \frac{2x^2+13x+19}{x^2+5x+6} dx$ For which I and Wolfram Alpha finds the solution: ...
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Express the mathematical constant $e$ in terms of a limit that goes to zero.

The mathematical expression of the mathematical constant $e$ in terms of a limit that goes to infinity is $$e = \lim\limits_{n\rightarrow \infty} \left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right)^n$$ But can we express the ...
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Positive constant scalar definition

In French when we say "$k$ est une constante positive", that means $k\geq 0$. But I remarked that using the same sentence in English, "$k$ is a positive constant", means that $k>0$. Can one explain ...
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Does Euler-Mascheroni constant belong to the ring of periods?

I wonder whether $\gamma$ belongs to the ring of periods?
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Methods for calculating $\pi$ that use the sphere?

The area of the unit circle is $\pi$ and its circumference is $2\pi$. Consequently, many elementary methods for calculating and approximating $\pi$ use a geometric approach on the circle, such as ...
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Can the Landau-Ramanujan Constant be generalized towards cubes?

The Landau-Ramanujan Constant is related to the sum of 2 squares. See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landau%E2%80%93Ramanujan_constant Can a similar thing be said for the sum of 4 positive cubes ? Or ...
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Does this have a name? (Regarding ways to calculate e)

Just wondering...came across this relationship regarding Euler's number in my math tinkerings, but I'm unaware if this particular relationship has a specific name or not: ...
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Are there famous complex constants?

Are there any famous constants (like $\pi$ and $e$) that are complex? More specifically, to rule out trivial complex numbers, are there any famous constants of the form $a+bi$ with $a \neq 0 \wedge b ...
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What is the algebraic role of the mathematical constant $\gamma$?

Mathematical constants $\pi$, $e$, $i$ have a lot of algebraic roles. They appear as identity elements, idempotents, invariant elements etc against various operations and sets. This is illustrated by ...
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Champernowne constant - summation and behavior of terms in continued fraction expansion

Is there an infinite summation that gives the Champernowne constant? Wikipedia has one, and so does Wolfram MathWorld. Are they valid? If so, could someone explain why, i.e how do they work? Also, ...
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In the Hunt for Kaprekar's Constants for more than 4 digits.

Kaprekar's constant is $6174$ . Take any four digit number with at least two different digits; create two four digit numbers by writing the digits in descending order and in ascending order; subtract ...
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Is $e$ uniformly distributed in all bases?

There has been talk of whether or not $\pi$ is normal, i.e. uniformly distributed in all bases $b$ where $b\ge2$. The general response has been that we expect that it is, and have found no obvious ...
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Terms that cannot be solved for a variable

Yesterday our analysis professor told us you cannot solve $$ y = e^x+2/(1+x^2) $$ for x, but you have the option to approximate this numerically. He did not prove that, he just noted it. I can't ...
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Why does $e^{i\pi}=-1$? [duplicate]

I will first say that I fully understand how to prove this equation from the use of power series, what I am interested in though is why $e$ and $\pi$ should be linked like they are. As far as I know ...
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Limits to infinity Finding Constant Number

Hi I have a question regarding of limits to infinity please help which I need to find the constant number for a and b. Please help! Thank You! The question states the user to find the following ...
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How to solve following limit

I've been struggeling a bit with the following limit: $\lim\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{a- \sqrt{a^2 - x^2}}{x^2}$ The solution is: If a < 0 then -$\infty$ . If a > 0 then $\frac{1}{2a}$ But I don't ...
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Is there any reason why $4-\pi$ is quite close to $\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$?

In this question obviously the error of our "approximation" is $4-\pi=0.858...$ . I tried to reconstruct the false argument with $\tau=2\pi$, and the error in that case would be $8-\tau=1.716...$, ...
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How is PI used to predict weather patterns?

I've heard that using PI to predict weather patterns is possible. I would like verification on this, and how this is possible. I can't seem to find any other sources explaining this concept. My ...
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Why we can't define more mathematical constant?

I would like to know how many mathematical constant are there? I saw this link and I know the names. Who can define a mathematical constant? Someone can say that ...