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

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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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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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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$\pi^4 + \pi^5 \approx e^6$ 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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“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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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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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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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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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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Proving $\pi=2\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \arctan \frac{1}{F_{2n+1}}$

How to prove that $$\pi=2\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \arctan \frac{1}{F_{2n+1}}$$ Where $F_{n}$ is the Fibonacci Number.
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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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Logs - Simplifying with arbitrary constant

I've tried simplifying my answer, which has a constant in it. I would like to know if I am on the right track: $$ \ln(y) = -{x^2\over 2y^2} + C $$ C can be considered as an Arbitrary Constant. From ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The $q$-continued fraction for tribonacci constant and others

Let $q = e^{-2\pi}$. We are familiar with Ramanujan's beautiful continued fraction, $$\cfrac{q^{1/5}}{1 + \cfrac{q} {1 + \cfrac{q^2} {1 + \cfrac{q^3} {1+\ddots}}}} = {\sqrt{5+\sqrt{5}\over ...
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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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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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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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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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Hypergeometric function values and the Baxter constant

While I was working on this question by @Vladimir Reshetnikov, I've found the following relations between Gaussian hypergeometric function values and the Baxter constant: ...
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Mathematical importance of the golden ratio [duplicate]

I know the golden ratio is the limit of the ratios of consecutive Fibonacci numbers and that it appears when studying many related combinatorial objects (such as the sequences of zeros and ones with ...
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Polyhedral symmetry in the Riemann sphere

I found an interesting set of constants while exploring the properties of nonconstant functions that are invariant under the symmetry groups of regular polyhedra in the Riemann sphere, endowed with ...
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How is the Twin Primes Constant useful? What value does it provide over Brun's Constant?

The Twin Primes Constant is: $$\prod_{p > 2 \text{ and a prime }}\left(1 - \frac{1}{(p-1)^2}\right) = 0.6601618158\ldots$$ It appears that in this case $p$ does not have to be a prime. But if ...
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Does Euler-Mascheroni constant belong to the ring of periods?

I wonder whether $\gamma$ belongs to the ring of periods? UPDATE Well now I know it should not. But $e^{-\gamma}$ should.
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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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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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How to rewrite $\frac{d}{d(x+c)}$? [closed]

I would like to know how to rewrite the following equations: $$ \frac{d (f(x))}{d(x+c)} =0\\ \frac{d^2 (f(x))}{d(x+c)^2} =0\\ $$ Here $x$ is a variable, $c$ is a constant and $f(x)$ is a function of ...
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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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Which continued fraction for $e$ is the most computationally efficient?

I know that famous numbers like $\pi$ and $e$ have multiple representations as continued fractions and I'm fascinated with the variety of representations. My question: What continued fraction for ...
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Proving the Fibonacci sum $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\left(\frac{F_{n+2}}{F_{n+1}}-\frac{F_{n+3}}{F_{n+2}}\right) = \frac{1}{\phi^2}$ and its friends

In this article, (eq.92) has, $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^{n+1}}{F_{n+1}F_{n+2}} = \frac{1}{\phi^2}\tag1$$ and I wondered if this could be generalized to the tribonacci numbers. It seems it can ...