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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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Why can't I find anyone who has discovered the (irrational) constant 1.29128…? [closed]

The constant is exactly $\sum_{n=1}^∞\frac{1}{n^n}$. Why does it seem that no one has written about it? Did I not search well enough? If so, what is the name for it? If not, it is not sufficiently "...
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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 $\frac{\pi^{3}}{32}=1-\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{2k(2k+1)\zeta(2k+2)}{4^{2k+2}}$

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 $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=0}^{\infty}(-1)^{k}\left(\frac{2^{2k+1}+(-1)^{k}}{(4k+1)2^{4k}}+ \frac{2^{2k+2}+(-1)^{k+1}}{(4k+3)2^{4k+2}}\right)$

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*} \;\pi=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\left(\frac{2^{4k+1}+1}{(8k+1)}+\...
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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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$\pi$ 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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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, $$\lim_{n\to\infty}...
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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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“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 my calculations of a new constant similar to Mill's constant based on $\lfloor A^{2^{n}}\rfloor$ and Bertrand's postulate correct?

As Wikipedia explains in number theory, Mills' constant is defined as: "The smallest positive real number $A$ such that the floor function of the double exponential function $\lfloor A^{3^{n}}\...
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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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A curious property of $\operatorname{frac}(e\cdot k)$

Let $\alpha > 0$ be a real number and let us consider the set $S(\alpha)$ of those natural numbers $n$ such that the fractional part of $\alpha \cdot n$ "begins" with the representation of $n$ (in ...
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How was the difference of the Fransén–Robinson constant and Euler's number found?

I recently ran across the following integral: $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{\Gamma(x)}dx $$ Which I learned is equal to the Fransén-Robinson constant. On the linked wikipedia page for the Fransén-...
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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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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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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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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} {2\text{Log}\phi}}...
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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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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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What is circumradius $R$ of the great disnub dirhombidodecahedron, or Skilling's figure?

The vertices of a uniform polyhedron all lie on a sphere. Out of curiosity, I looked at the circumradius $R$ of the $75$ polyhedra (non-prism) in the list (which assumed side $a=1$). For irrational ...
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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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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 2}-{1+\...
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Something similar to the bizarre Koide formula?

In 1981, Koide found the empirical relation, $$\frac{m_e+m_\mu+m_\tau}{\big(\sqrt{m_e}+\sqrt{m_\mu}+\sqrt{m_\tau}\big)^2} = 0.666659\dots\approx \frac{2}{3}\tag1$$ where $m$ are the masses of the ...
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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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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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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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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 $|f(x+p)...
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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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Is there a number besides $\phi$ that either squared or added one gives the same answer?

Those who know golden ratio $\phi$ (phi) constant, know for sure that it is an interesting constant. It is roughly $\phi=1.618034...$ . It is present almost everywhere in nature and it has many very ...
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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 14\...
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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: $$\begin{align}{_2F_1}\...
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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 ...