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  1. Sep 17, 2007 #1
    I'm interested in the problem:

    [tex] \sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^3} [/tex]

    and would like to know more about what attempts have been made at it and any insights into it but I am unable to find much because I don't know the name of this series or if it even has one.

    I have learned what little I could about this summation and it's history by searching for the Basel Problem and Reimann Zeta Function but I would really like to find more work related specifically to the above summation. Thanks.
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  3. Sep 18, 2007 #2
    Sloane sequence A002117 may be of help:
    http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences/A002117 [Broken]
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  4. Sep 18, 2007 #3
    for this type of questions, if you really want to learn about it, i recommend you start with the basics and not jump into an advanced question just yet. try searching the web or something. it could prove useful.
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  5. Sep 18, 2007 #4
    Kaisxuans - I had no plan to jump into the dificult Zeta Function but it's one of the few things related to my problem that I can search for. Other than that I don't know what to look for.

    Dodo - Thanks for the link. This first part about wether Zeta(3) is a rational multiple of [tex]pi^3[/tex] is interesting.

    I was tinkering with this problem the other day when I tried representing it as a multiple of two vectors.

    [tex] \sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^3} =[/tex][1 1/2 1/3 ....]* [1 1/2^2 1/3^2 ....][tex]^T[/tex]

    which can be written as the magnitude of the first vector times the magnitude of the second vector times the cos of the angle between them.

    which works out to:

    [tex] \sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^3}=\sqrt{\sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^2} }*\sqrt{\sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^4}}*\cos{\theta}[/tex]


    [tex]\sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^3}=\frac{\pi^3}{\sqrt{6*90}}*cos(\theta)[/tex]

    Now I have no idea what [tex]cos(\theta)[/tex] is and can't prove if it's rational but I was wondering if this method had ever been used before and if anybody had gotten any farther with it. An interesting consequence (at least I thought it was interesting) is that since [tex]cos(\theta)\le1[/tex] then:

    [tex]\sum_{n=1}^{ \infty} \frac{1}{n^3}\le \frac{\pi^3}{\sqrt{6*90}}[/tex]

    but this is trivial because it becomes obvious after just a few terms that the summation is well below [tex]\frac{\pi^3}{\sqrt{6*90}}[/tex].
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2007
  6. Sep 22, 2007 #5

    Gib Z

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    Mclosed form expression has yet been found for the series, although many integral and series representations are available.
  7. Sep 22, 2007 #6


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    Calculating zeta(3), dividing out [itex]\pi^3[/itex], and calculating a continued fraction expansion shows that it it's a rational multiple the denominator is huge.
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